Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Remote Ownership of Insubstantial Interest in Defendant by Judge's Spouse Does Not Warrant Recusal

The magistrate judge recommended that the district judge should not recuse himself. "Judge Folsom’s spouse owns stock in [a company that] owns a portion of the defendant. . . . At present, [the third party company] owns only approximately 4.85% of [defendant]. After receiving the submission of [defendant], the undersigned finds that this remote interest by [the third party] of a defendant is insubstantial and does not require a recusal by Judge Folsom."

WebMap Technologies LLC v. City Accomodations Network, Inc. et al., 2-09-cv-00343 (TXED June 7, 2010, Report and Recommendations) (Everingham, M.J.)

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