Judge withdraws from Michael Jordan lawsuit, criticizes plaintiff’s lawyers

06/17/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Chicago – A federal judge has withdrawn from the lawsuit filed by Michael Jordan against a supermarket chain. As reported by Reuters, U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur criticized attorneys for the NBA legend after they requested his recusal.

Shadur, 89, called the attorneys’ recusal request a “groundless and unwarranted personal attack.” The judge however decided to withdraw from the case in order to avoid the potential of bias.

Jordan filed the lawsuit against Dominick’s Finer Foods, which is a unit of Safeway Inc. over his name being used in a magazine ad. The suit is seeking $2.5 million in damages. His attorneys accused Shadur of attempting to pressure the former Chicago Bulls player to decrease the claim amount.

Shadur is quoted as writing in his decision, “This most recent development in the litigation has unfortunately eroded that regard and any respect that this Court had held for Jordan’s counsel to the point where this Court is concerned lest there be a danger that subliminal forces could perhaps unwittingly affect the decisional process in this case…It is a risk that cannot be allowed to exist even in possibility.”

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