Trump University Lawsuit Update: Case To Be Heard In New York's Highest Court By Next Year
May 18, 2016 11:27 AM EDT
The highest court of New York will be hearing the case regarding Trump University but it has been reported that the decision whether or not to dismiss the lawsuit will be announced next year. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will then have to defend himself after the November elections.
According to Business Insider, the lawsuit is about the real estate school that is now closed. The lawsuit against Trump claims that the school was unlicensed and promised lessons with real estate experts but they never delivered. New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is seeking more than $40 million in restitution for thousands of the students who enrolled in the school.
Last March, the midlevel Appellate Division rejected the request of Trump and his legal team to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed in 2013. The court then granted earlier this week that The Trump Entrepreneur Initiative's request for filing a further appeal. The court also denied Schneiderman's request that the case should be given an immediate judgment, ABC News reported.
Schneiderman's office began investigating the school in 2011. He says that around 5,000 students paid $35,000 each. The students claimed that instead of meeting Trump and other real estate moguls, they only got their photo taken with a life-size photo of the New York businessman.
The Attorney General said in a recent statement that they are not surprised that the presidential hopeful is using every legal option to avoid standing trial. He added that Trump's "phony university defrauded thousands of students through an illicit scheme that cost them millions of dollars." He pointed out that they are confident the Court of Appeals will reject all the claims of Trump, New York Post reported.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing of the school he once owned and said that there are many students who have given them commendations for the job they have delivered. However, other students came forward claiming that Trump and his company paid them in order to give positive feedbacks over Trump University.
Lawsuits of the same nature are pending in California by Trump University students.