President-Elect Trump Heads to Office with 'Litigation Cloud Over His Head'

President-elect Donald Trump is facing not only a divided electorate but also multiple legal battles, one of which heads to court just two days after his upset victory over Hillary Clinton.

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On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel holds a pre-trial hearing in a class-action lawsuit over the now-defunct Trump University. The trial, at which Trump could testify, is set to begin November 28.

The 2010 lawsuit, which Reuters notes is one of three over the business venture, “was filed on behalf of students who say they were lured by false promises to pay up to $35,000 to learn Trump’s real estate investing ‘secrets’ from his ‘hand-picked’ instructors. Trump owned 92 percent of Trump University and had control over all major decisions, the students’ court papers say.”

Trump University “playbooks,” unsealed in June, exposed how employees were instructed to “[prey] upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money,” as one former sales manager put it.

Indiana-born Curiel, who is presiding over two of the three cases, was this summer the target of racist vitriol from Trump, who said the judge should recuse himself based on his “Mexican heritage”—which Trump said presented a conflict of interest due to the candidate’s own repeated vows to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. 

The Associated Press reported of Thursday’s hearing:

Reuters adds: