Officials at Donald Trump's online business programme Trump University are facing legal action from a former student, amid accusations the school's courses are bogus.
In a class-action suit filed in San Diego, California federal court, fashion designer Tarla Makaeff claims she was guaranteed a one-year apprenticeship and a personal real estate mentor that would be the "next best thing" to being on Trump's hit U.S. reality show The Apprentice.
Makaeff claims she received a half-day trip to discount home repair store Home Depot to examine supplies for fixing up foreclosed properties and mentors assigned to her failed to return calls. She also claims she lost $80,000 (£50,000) and her credit history has been damaged by other penalties and expenses.
Donald Trump has not been named personally in the suit.
However, bosses for the non-accredited school, founded by Trump in 2005, have denied the charges.
Trump University President Michael Sexton says: "This lawsuit is completely without merit. We will vigorously defend our brand, our services, our company, our reputation and our integrity."
This is not the first time Trump University has come under fire. Officials at the state education department has also demanded the programme immediately stop calling itself a university in violation of state education law.