U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel on Friday issued a tentative ruling to deny a bid to dismiss a lawsuit by unhappy customers of Trump University.
This ruling was made from the bench in San Diego, California, and more motions will be heard in the next few weeks.
This case is one of two class-action lawsuits by former students of a real estate training program founded by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in California. This case is set for trial in November.
“Based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial,” Trump said.
Trump also added that he has concerns for his ability to receive a fair trial since his presidential campaign’s focus on illegal immigration.
Trump University was launched in 2005 as a real estate seminar business that promised to teach students Trump’s investing techniques.
The business is facing three lawsuits filed by and on behalf of dissatisfied enrollees. Two class action lawsuits are in California and there is one lawsuit by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The plaintiffs allege Trump’s program took in around $40 million, but was embroiled in fraud and deception. Trump has defended the school numerous times and repeatedly said the lawsuits should have been dismissed.
The federal judge presiding over the Trump University class action lawsuit is a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, a Hispanic