On Friday, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled against dismissing a class-action lawsuit against Trump University. The case is just one of two such lawsuits levied against Trump University by disgruntled former students of the “school,” students who say that Trump University didn’t deliver real estate training as advertised, reports CNN.
The Trump University ruling, made from Curio’s San Diego bench on July 22, was just one of many expected to be made on motions filed in the complex case that has dogged Donald Trump for years and his presidential campaign for months.
The Trump University case against the Donald-Trump founded training program is expected to go to trial in November, just in time for the 2016 presidential election.
In June, Donald Trump became the target of intense political and personal outrage when he said that Judge Curiel couldn’t give him a fair trial in the case because Curiel (born in Indiana) is a “Mexican.” According to Donald, the judge’s ancestry prevents him from being impartial in his judgement of Trump, because part of the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign platform is building a wall along the U.S. southern border and forcing Mexico to pay for it.
Politicians (Democrats and Republicans) and private citizens alike criticized Donald Trump’s words against Judge Curiel, with Paul Ryan calling Trump’s words about the judge “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” The fallout from Trump’s words about the judge in the Trump University case negatively impacted Trump in the polls and kept the presidential candidate in the media spotlight for weeks. Primarily because people were in disbelief that a presidential candidate could be so unthinking in his public commentary regarding a federal judge.
While Donald Trump has tried to politicize the Trump University lawsuit, federal judges believe that the multiple plaintiffs involved in the multiple lawsuits against the program have valid claims. The Trump University program is facing two California class action lawsuits as well as another east coast lawsuit filed by Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York.
Schneiderman has been very vocal in his criticism of Trump University, reports CNN. He’s called Trump University “a straight-up fraud.” The N.Y. Attorney General has also called out Trump for accusing plaintiffs and politicians of politicizing the Trump University case.
“We sued him in 2013. He says it’s a political case. Nobody in August 2013 thought that this guy was going to be the Republican nominee for president. Thousands of people were bilked out of millions of dollars. Our first priority is to get their money back and to reestablish the legitimacy of educational institutions in New York State.”
The real estate training program started up in 2005, and it allegedly bilked those struggling to break into the real estate industry, many of whom were struggling desperately financially, out of millions of dollars. The Trump University heyday was during the 2008-2009 fiscal years, a time when the U.S. housing market was dismal. Many of the program’s “students” were among the most financially vulnerable members of society.
According to plaintiffs in the case against the real estate mogul’s training program, the school raked in roughly $40 million dollars, but in order to turn a profit in one of the most tumultuous economic times in recent U.S. history, the program utilized “fraud and deception.”
Trump University has been shut down for years now, and Donald Trump has vehemently stuck up for the school in the media and courts, calling on the lawsuits against the institution to be dismissed.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman believes that those who lost money due to the “straight-up fraud” of the school should have their day in court.
At this point, Donald Trump hasn’t responded to Judge Curiel’s latest ruling in the Trump University case.
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