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Judge Rules in State AG Case Against Trump University

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A State Supreme Court judge has ruled part of the New York State Attorney General's case against Donald Trump can go forward, but with restrictions.

The case involves Trump University, the for-profit school that operated under that name until early 2010.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has claimed it was fraudulent, a charge that Trump has called completely baseless.

On Friday, a judge tossed out claims that Trump illegally called his school a "university," because the statute of limitations for those claims had passed. However the judge did allow the attorney general to continue pursuing fraud charges for a limited number of former students.

Trump is claiming victory, saying the case has never had any merit and that Schneiderman's office now has no chance of winning.

"You have a school that has a 98 percent approval rating. You think of that. Who gets sued for that?" Trump said. "The only reason he sued is he'll get publicity because it's Trump, but he didn't even want that. He wanted me to settle because he knew he had no case, and the judge was terrific, and it was a terrific opinion today, so we're very happy by the victory," Trump said.

The attorney general's office, though, said that the ruling means the case is valid and will proceed.

In a statement, they said, "Today's decision affirms the propriety of our fraud case against Donald Trump and his sham university...Attorney General Schneiderman looks forward to making sure he is held accountable."

Meanwhile, Trump has been visiting with Republicans around the state and has said he is seriously thinking about challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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