The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times are reporting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is willing to testify on behalf of Trump University in a class-action lawsuit claiming the New York businessman defrauded students enrolled in his real estate program.
The 2013 lawsuit demanding $40 million in damages will commence on November 28, after Election Day scheduled three weeks prior.
The trial’s start date guarantees Mr. Trump will not be compelled to testify during the presidential race.
Trump University folded in 2010 after enrolling approximately 10,000 students while in operation.
“The presumptive Republican presidential nominee plans to attend much of the trial and would take the witness stand,” Trump attorney, Daniel Petrocelli was quoted as saying by the LA Times.
Litigants in the class-action suit, known as “student-victims,” claim they were ensnared by Trump’s scheme and defrauded once they enrolled in the school. Tuition for courses offered ranged between $1,500 and $35,000.
Trump lawyer Alan Garten described the case his client as “totally lacking in any merit” and declared the candidate would be victorious “whether it be by motion or at trial,” when addressing the suit last year.
Mr. Trump also faces a similar suit all alleging fraud brought about by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman’s suit characterizes Trump University as a “bait-and-switch” scam.
Trump dismisses the suit brought by the New York Attorney General’s office as “political.”
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