SAN JOSE — A Santa Clara County judge sent a contract suit against Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg toward trial Thursday, ruling that emails from Zuckerberg, his assistant and his financial adviser raise the question of whether the billionaire reneged on promises he allegedly made in connection with a 2012 real estate purchase.

With about one month to go until the case’s scheduled trial date, Judge Patricia Lucas denied the bulk of Zuckerberg’s motion for summary adjudication. Her tentative ruling, which she largely adopted Thursday, cited several emails that suggest Zuckerberg was willing to capitalize on his fame to get a lower price on the property that abutted his backyard in Palo Alto.

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