Editor's note: A previous version of this story included several factual errors, which are corrected in this article.
Pritikin for a second time wins all counts and legal fees against Trump National Doral and Trump again appeals to the Court of Appeals.
A well-known health and cardiac rehab center based at Trump National Doral Miami is in an appeals court battle over a judgment in its favor against the resort owned by President Donald Trump’s family.
A Jan. 17 Miami Herald story mischaracterized the status of the case as a win for the Trumps.
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In fact, Pritikin Longevity Center, owned by philanthropist and former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Sam Fox, won a 38-page final judgment against the Trump family-controlled Trump Endeavor 12. Pritikin is an all-inclusive health and Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program designed for guests and hospitals.
Trump Endeavor is appealing the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court judgment by Judge Jose Rodriguez for the second time.
And while it could take months for a decision by the Miami-based Third District Court of Appeal, Rodriguez forced Trump Endeavor to set aside a total $2.66 million in the form of bonds to cover Pritikin’s $2.19 million in legal fees and $476,000 in interest and extra fees.
The legal battle began after Donald Trump bought the golf resort in bankruptcy in 2012. Trump Endeavor inherited the health clinic as a tenant and, according to court records, started working to get rid of it.
Court papers show Trump Endeavor first tried to increase the room charges paid by Pritikin by between 226 and 583 percent. When Pritikin complained the increase violated its contracts, Trump Endeavor then claimed Pritikin didn't maintain Trump Endeavor's “high standards” and failed to extend its lease in a manner spelled out in their contracts.
Had Trump Endeavor been successful, Pritikin room rates would have ballooned by tens of millions of dollars during the life of the lease.
The judgment, entered in favor of Pritikin on all counts after a four-day trial in 2015, declared that Pritikin extended its lease to 2019, the first of three options to renew, according to the contracts. The judge also ordered a decrease of the prices of rooms by 15 percent, as provided by the contracts, and decided Trump Endeavor needed to pay for Pritikin’s legal fees.
When asked for comment, Ambassador Fox said "we very much appreciate that the Miami Herald has properly treated and corrected the prior erroneous article and has set the record straight.''