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NY Court Allows Trump University Fraud Lawsuit to Proceed

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A New York appeals court has determined that the lawsuit introduced by the state attorney general which argues that Donald Trump’s now-defunct for-profit Trump University?defrauded its students will be allowed to proceed.

The lawsuit was filed 2013 by attorney general?Eric T. Schneiderman, charging?that Trump University, which later became?the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, misrepresented itself, causing students to lose thousands of dollars each and?$40 million in general.

The decision against dismissing the situation came from a panel of?justices in the State Supreme Court\’s Appellate Division in Manhattan. ?Based on the justices,?Schneiderman does hold the necessary capacity to continue with the case and also the claim produced by Trump’s lawyers the statute of limitations for the claim had ended was not true.

Schneiderman referred to the decision like a \”clear victory within our effort to hold Donald Trump and Trump University responsible for defrauding thousands of students.\”

\”We anticipate demonstrating inside a court of law that Donald Trump and his sham for-profit college defrauded more than 5,000 consumers from millions of dollars,\” Mr. Schneiderman added.

Meanwhile, one of Trump’s lawyers,?Jeffrey L. Goldman, called the decision?\”intellectually dishonest.\” ?Goldman discussed other cases handled by the court, saying that the case in question should have a time limit lasting no longer than 3 years. ?In this case, he explained the statute was permitted to extend to six years.

Despite mounting criticism from the school, that the lawsuit says doesn\’t have the credentials to itself a university in New York, Trump continues to defend not just the program but also himself. ?An internet site was recently launched portraying reviews that are positive from past students, including some who\’re now critics. ?The name of the site, 98percentapproval.com, was created according to the number of students from the program who had rated themselves as “extremely satisfied” according to 11,000 evaluations.

Just a week ago, the conservative nonprofit American Future Fund said that it would be considering the creation of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign that would highlight students of the program who said they had been cheated, writes Rick Rojas for The Ny Times.

In a statement chose to make this week, Donald Trump called the lawsuit frivolous and Schneiderman a “typical politician” who had been wasting taxpayer’s money by “trying to smear” him. ?He continued to say that many of the students in the school had a positive experience and he has not settled the civil case based on principle.

The lawsuit claims the program contained a number of seminars that were held in hotels across the country. ?Advertising for the seminars called them an opportunity to learn how to invest in real estate by instructors Trump had “handpicked.”

Prospective students were offered a free seminar the lawsuit said was, in reality,?\”a sales pitch for a three-day seminar costing $1,495.” ?People who attended the seminars were then put through another sales hype to purchase Trump Elite mentorship packages, the price of which went all the way up to $35,000.

The lawsuit states that Trump had little involvement within the creation of?the curriculum or choosing instructors for that seminars. ?It also charges that while advertising promised a personal appearance by Trump, students instead had their photos taken having a life-size cutout.

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