The Latest: Judge inclined to deny Trump request

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Posted: Jul 22, 2016 6:54 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The latest developments on Donald Trump's lawyers seeking to dismiss one of three lawsuits involving Trump University alleging the Republican presidential contender defrauded customers at the now defunct business (all times local):

4 p.m. Friday

A federal judge says he is inclined to deny a request to dismiss a lawsuit against Donald Trump that accuses the Republican presidential nominee of defrauding customers at the now-defunct Trump University.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel did not elaborate on his thinking during a lengthy hearing Friday in San Diego. It is one of three lawsuits against Trump University. He will issue a final decision in writing at a later time.

Trump's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, is urging the judge to reconsider, calling the lawsuit a "gross overreach" of federal civil racketeering statutes.

He says plaintiffs have failed to show that Trump himself orchestrated allegedly misleading marketing claims.

Trump has accused Curiel of being biased against him.

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10:22 p.m. Thursday

One day after Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president of the United States, his lawyers will be in court to try to get a lawsuit dismissed alleging that the business mogul defrauded customers who took courses with false promises of teaching success in real estate at the now-defunct Trump University.

Lawyers for Trump will appear Friday before U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel to argue that a lawsuit against the nominee lacks merit.

The complaint filed in 2013 by a former customer is one of two class-action lawsuits that Trump faces in San Diego over Trump University before the same judge, a target of the nominee's repeated scorn. Trump also faces a lawsuit in New York.