Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets members of the audience after speaking at a rally at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., Monday, Feb. 29. | AP Photo

An appeals court denied a request from Donald Trump to dump a New York fraud lawsuit against Trump University today, taking the $40 million case against the presidential front runner a step closer to the courtroom.

The suit, brought by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, alleges that Trump University “intentionally misled” thousands of people across the country with its pitch for the business mogul’s real estate courses. Schneiderman sued in 2013 for money to repay former students.

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“We look forward to demonstrating in a court of law that Donald Trump and his sham for-profit college defrauded more than 5,000 consumers out of millions of dollars,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Trump University drew in students with a free seminar that was mostly a sales pitch for expensive Trump University coursework, the lawsuit alleges. And through Trump claimed instructors were “all people that are handpicked,” almost none of the speakers at Trump University seminars had ever met Donald Trump, the suit alleges.

Trump’s lawyers tried to argue that the case should not be tried because the allegations fell under a three-year statute of limitations, but the court decided that there is a six-year statute on the case.

Another lawsuit against Trump University, a class-action in federal court in San Diego with similar allegations, could head to trial later this year.