Judge weighs woman's request to quit Trump University suit

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tarla Makaeff has fought Donald Trump in court for six years. Now, as the Republican presidential front-runner and his lawyers try to portray the Southern California yoga instructor as the face of a federal class-action lawsuit against Trump University, she wants out.

On Friday, a judge will consider Makaeff's request to withdraw from a lawsuit that claims Trump University fleeced students with unfilled promises to teach the secrets of real estate success. Her attorneys say Trump and his lawyers have put her "through the wringer."

Trump's attorneys say the lawsuit should be dismissed if Makaeff is allowed to withdraw, arguing that their trial strategy centers on her.

The judge allowed two plaintiffs to withdraw last year. Three others would remain.