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Defense open to settlement on Trump University

In 2005,  Donald Trump listens as Michael Sexton introduces him at a news conference in New York where he announced the establishment of Trump University.  [Associated Press]

In 2005, Donald Trump listens as Michael Sexton introduces him at a news conference in New York where he announced the establishment of Trump University. [Associated Press]

SAN DIEGO — Donald Trump's attorney has told a federal judge he's open to settlement talks in a class-action lawsuit involving the president-elect and his defunct Trump University.

Attorney Daniel Petrocelli also asked Thursday that the trial be delayed until early next year because Trump needs time to work on the transition to the presidency.

The trial is currently set to begin Nov. 28 in San Diego.

Petrocelli says he'll file a formal request for the delay on Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel has not said how he would rule, but he encouraged efforts to settle.

The lawsuit alleges that Trump University failed on its promise to teach success in real estate.

Earlier, Curiel tentatively denied a request to ban statements made by and about Trump during his campaign from being used at the trial.

Curiel, the Indiana-born jurist who was accused of bias by Trump during the campaign for his Mexican heritage, issued his ruling hours before attorneys for Trump and those suing him appeared in court to discuss what evidence will be allowed and other issues involving the trial. The proposed ban would apply to Trump's tweets, a video of him making predatory comments about women, and his public criticism of the judge in the case.

Curiel said he was unprepared to issue a blanket ban but would consider more specific requests at trial.

Defense open to settlement on Trump University 11/10/16 [Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2016 5:33pm]
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