Michael Jordan is worth over $1,000,000,000 and he is suing a grocery store because they had the audacity of using his picture to promote a coupon.
Then his lawyers decide to rip on a judge because things weren't going his way.
From the Chicago Sun Times:
An angry federal judge has stormed off and refused to play ball with Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan after Jordan’s attorneys accused him of bias.
Veteran U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur, 89, on Tuesday withdrew from overseeing Jordan’s long-running lawsuit against defunct supermarket chain Dominick’s, saying he had been the victim of a “groundless and unwarranted personal attack” on his integrity.
Jordan sued Dominick’s in 2010 after it used his photo in a one-page advertisement in Sports Illustrated magazine without his permission.
The ad, which celebrated Jordan’s induction into Basketball’s Hall of Fame, said Jordan was “a cut above” and included a $2-off coupon for steak.
But Jordan’s lawyers have long bristled at Shadur’s handling of the case, including the judge’s demand that Jordan show up in person last year in court because the case was dragging on, and his description of Jordan as a greedy “hog” for seeking $2.5 million in damages.
The star’s attorney, Frederick Sperling, last week filed a motion asking Shadur to recuse himself from the case, alleging Shadur could not be fair because he had “demeaned and disparaged Mr. Jordan, his claims and his counsel.”
Shadur had improperly attempted to force Jordan’s endorsement partners — which include Nike, Gatorade and Hanes — to strong-arm Jordan into accepting a smaller settlement, the motion alleged.
Responding Tuesday in a seven-page written ruling, Shadur denied that, accusing Jordan of “judge-shopping” and saying Sperling “may be short of scruples” and had chosen to “distort the truth” in an “appalling” manner.
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