Two weeks following court documents revealed a federal judge in California ordered Donald Trump’s Trump University fraud trial to begin on November 28, a New York appeals court ruled Tuesday a similar New York case filed by the New York Attorney General’s office can proceed to the New York Supreme Court.
The decision was in response to Trump’s attorneys arguing Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s case against the presumptive GOP nominee should be dismissed.
The court’s ruling virtually guarantees New York’s case against Trump will not be heard until after the November 8 general election, presumably sometime in 2017.
Filed in 2013, Schneiderman’s case alleges Trump University engaged in deliberately misleading tactics to lure thousands of students to enroll in Trump University, often at a cost between $1,500 and $35,000.
Stating Schneiderman’s lawsuit is “without merit and baseless,” Trump attorney, Alan Garten, praised the court’s decision: “We are pleased with the court’s decision and look forward to going to the Court of Appeals.”
In contrast, Schneiderman expressed dismay in a statement which read:
“It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is using every legal option to avoid standing trial for operating a sham for-profit university. As our lawsuit makes clear, Mr. Trump’s phony university defrauded thousands of students through an illicit scheme that cost them millions of dollars. I am confident that the Court of Appeals will agree with the lower court’s unanimous decision to reject virtually all of Mr. Trump’s claims.”
Trump University went out of business in 2010.