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Judge in Disney dispute with Scarlett Johansson over 'Black Widow' release recused from case proceedings
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A judge presiding over Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney regarding the distribution of "Black Widow" has recused himself from overseeing the matter moving forward, Fox Business has learned.
Last month, a minute order submitted by the court to Johansson’s attorneys disclosed that the judge was receiving a monthly pension from O’Melveny & Myers LLP – the legal counsel representing Disney – which in the least, may have given off the appearance of court bias in favor of the defendant’s attorneys, according to a notice of non-stipulation obtained by Fox Business.
Now, court documents filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday have shown Judge Robert S. Draper to be reassigned from the case and replaced by Judge Elaine Lu for all further proceedings.
In the Aug. 27 memorandum, the court maintained "if the parties waive disqualification" it would stay involved. However, the actress’ attorneys refused to waive and the case was moved to a new judge.
"Plaintiff Periwinkle Entertainment, Inc. is in receipt of and has reviewed the court’s minute order disclosing the court’s prior partnership in and continuing monthly pension from O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and stating that the court shall recuse itself from this matter absent a joint stipulation waiving the disqualification," the filing read.
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