SAN DIEGO – The Latest on a former student’s request to withdraw from a lawsuit against Trump University (all times local):
A federal judge says he’ll take about a week to rule on a Southern California yoga instructor’s request to withdraw from a class-action lawsuit against Trump University.
Attorneys for Tarla Makaeff (MAY’-koff) said their client suffers health problems, which were not disclosed during a hearing Friday in San Diego. They noted there are three other plaintiffs in the six-year-old case.
Donald Trump’s attorneys argued that their trial strategy centres on Makaeff and that she shouldn’t be allowed to withdraw.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel appeared hesitant to schedule a trial in the thick of the campaign. Trump attorney Daniel Petrocelli said he would oppose an August trial if Trump wins the Republican nomination.
A final pretrial conference is set for May 6.
Tarla Makaeff has fought Donald Trump in court for six years. Now, as the Republican presidential front-runner and his lawyers try to portray the Southern California yoga instructor as the face of a federal class-action lawsuit against Trump University, she wants out.
On Friday, a judge will consider Makaeff’s request to withdraw from a lawsuit that claims Trump University fleeced students with unfilled promises to teach the secrets of real estate success. Her attorneys say Trump and his lawyers have put her “through the wringer.”
Trump’s attorneys say the lawsuit should be dismissed if Makaeff is allowed to withdraw, arguing that their trial strategy centres on her.
The judge allowed two plaintiffs to withdraw last year. Three others would remain.