A New York State appeals court gave a green light to proceed with a civil fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump's Trump University.
In a unanimous ruling, a four-judge panel of the state Appellate Division said the state attorney general’s office is “authorized to bring a cause of action for fraud” — despite the bloviating billionaire’s claims to the contrary.
Lawyers for the Trump "school" claim the statute of limitations had run out for filing suit, but the appeals court disagreed.
According to the New York Daily News:
Through “their deceptive and unlawful practices, (Trump and the school) intentionally misled over 5,000 individuals nationwide, including over 600 New Yorkers, into paying as much as $35,000 each to participate in live seminars and mentorship programs with the promise of learning Donald Trump’s real estate investing techniques,” the AG’s office said.
The New York Attorney General filed suit against the "university" in August in 2013 after almost 70 people contacted the office with complaints about paying thousands of dollars and not receiving the services advertised in the "free seminars."
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the ruling was “a clear victory in our effort to hold Donald Trump and Trump University accountable for defrauding thousands of students.”
General Counsel for Trump responded to the ruling: “We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision.”