Donald Trump Loses Bid To Block Experts In Trump U. Suit

SAN DIEGO (CN) — A federal judge heard arguments Friday from attorneys on both sides of a class action claiming Trump University tricked students into paying for bogus real estate tips, as the lawyers tried to convince the judge that a host of experts should be excluded from testifying.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel issued a tentativeorder Thursday granting in part and denying in part motions from lead class-action plaintiff Art Cohen and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump asking to bar witnesses retained for the 3-year-old case.
Cohen and the other plaintiffs sued Trump in 2013 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act, claiming he knowingly defrauded students out of thousands of dollars when they paid for Trump University seminars based on the claim that they would learn insider real estate secrets from instructors “handpicked” by Trump himself.
The experts at issue at Friday’s hearing were retained to determine the educational value of a Trump University education.
Cohen’s expert Paul Habibi found that a real estate education from Trump University was worth nothing, while Trump’s expert Alan Wallace found a Trump University education did, in fact, have value.

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