The man running for president who has fooled so many hasn't fooled at least 5,000 Trump University students who realized, after paying a lot and getting a little, that they had been duped. And then they did something about it. And Trump will be forced to testify in person this summer, 2016, in the middle of his election plans after four appellate court judges rejected Trump's motion to dismiss his case, a case he has laughingly said he could settle for very little at any time if he so chose. Following is a partial timeline.
It should also be noted, in the Trump University information, full payment for this fraudulent university was required and students were prompted to not speak to reporters if they had questions about how the university worked. While $35,000 (and some were out much more) is nothing to a billionaire, for many it was all the money they had in the world and they thought it was their chance to catch the golden ring.
But this is typical of how Donald Trump does business as other lawsuits against him and many trying to get out of current contracts can verify. He has had some successes but his failures and bankruptcies are many and thousands of "little people" have too many times lost everything because of Trump's lack of acumen in putting the right people in charge.
He is NOT the person to put in charge of the United States of America.
April 2010, The Washington Post: "In a strongly worded letter obtained by the Daily News, the state Department slammed the tycoon for calling the cyber-school a university and demanded he stop using the term ... which violates New York Education Law and the Rules of the Board of Regents" wrote Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education Joseph Frey.
May 2010, New York Daily News: Veterans, seniors and unemployed Americans in at least 22 states have filed complaints against Trump University. "Trump's business education company and an affiliate, Trump Institute, have been deluged by complaints from more than 150 students in at least 22 states claiming they've been cheated out of tens of thousands of dollars ... those complaining include dozens of retirees, veterans, laid-off workers and seniors living on fixed incomes, records show.
May 2011, The New York Times: In 2011, the New York attorney general's office investigated illegal business practices surrounding Donald Trump and Trump University.
"The New York State attorney general's office is investigating whether a for-profit school founded by Donald J. Trump which charges students up to $35,000 a course, has engaged in illegal business practices, according to people briefed on the inquiry. The investigation was prompted by a dozen complains concerning the Trump school that the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman has found to be "credible" and "serious," these people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was not yet public.
In November 2013, New York Daily News reported more than 100 people came forward from 25 different states, stating they were wrongly promised they could get rich quick under Trump's expensive mentoring program. Attorney General Schneiderman filed a $40 million lawsuit against Trump in Manhattan Supreme Court, accusing Trump of defrauding more than 5,000 people nationwide through Trump University.
October 2014, Reuters: In 2014, a New York judge found Trump personally liable for operating a for-profit school without the required license. "Donald Trump is personally liable for operating a for profit investment school without the required license, a New York judge ruled in a lawsuit brought by the attorney general against the real estate entrepreneur. New York State Supreme Court Justice Cynthia S. Kern said Trump was notified by the state in 2005 that his Trump Entrepreneur Initiative known as Trump University until 2010 was in violation of state education law.
Judge Kern ruled that is was undisputed that Trump never complied with the licensing requirements.
August 2015, The Washington Post: Trump University was not accredited nor did it give out degrees.
In September 2015, CNN reported Trump was facing three separate lawsuits - two class action suits filed in California and one filed in New York by the attorney general. The argument is that Trump University took in $40 million but was mired in fraud and deception and was a bait and switch scam. Schneiderman told CNN it started with the fact it was not even a university.
November 2015, Time: Trump personally made $5 million off Trump U in wire transfers and checks written personally to him by the university and signed on behalf of the university by Trump. February 2016, The Washington Examiner reported "In a promotional video, Trump promised to handpick professors and adjunct professors" to teach students his get-rich-quick program. People who paid five figures to attend the seminars are suing, claiming Trump neither handpicked instructors nor imparted any of his real estate secrets.
February 2016, The Washington Examiner: "Trump is on the witness list for this case, meaning he will have to defend himself in court. The trial could begin in May, at the end of the GOP nominating process ... it's hard to see Trump University as anything but a scam.
March 1, 2016, New York Times: "A New York appeals court decided Tuesday that a lawsuit brought by the state attorney general claiming that Donald J. Trump's defunct for profit school defrauded consumers can go forward. The attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, filed the lawsuit in 2013 asserting that Trump University, later known as the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, misrepresented itself and bilked students individually of thousands of dollars and collectively of $40 million."