WEST PALM BEACH – A federal judge on Thursday listened to nearly two hours of arguments about a long-running dispute between Donald Trump and those who aren’t happy about membership changes he made since launching Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.
The hearing on Trump’s request to throw out the law turned on phrases like “legacy addendum,” “breach” and “deposit refund obligation.” At times, even U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra was confused.
“What are we fighting about?” he asked attorneys at one point.
Lawyers representing roughly 60 members of the club – the site of a much-talked about press conference this month where the GOP presidential front-runner displayed now-defunct Trump Steaks, Trump magazine, Trump water and other products to prove his business savvy – claim more than $6 million is on the line. That is how much they claim their clients are owed in membership fees alone.
Trump attorneys counter that the former members will get their cash when new members join – a practice that has existed since the club was owned by Ritz-Carlton.
Marra, who quizzed both sides at length, said he would rule soon on Trump’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.
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