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EEF.org: DVD Update: EFF Moves to Disqualify Kaplan: Judge was Time Warner's Lawyer on DVD Issues

Jul 17, 2000, 18:10 (7 Talkback[s])

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"On July 14 EFF's defense team filed a motion to disqualify Judge Lewis Kaplan from presiding over the DeCSS trial after discovery revealed that he advised Time Warner on DVD matters while in private practice. Judge Kaplan was a partner in the powerhouse NY law firm Paul Weiss when he counseled Time Warner, a plaintiff in the case, on antitrust issues related to DVD technology, an issue to be decided in this case."

"2600's defense team has also learned that while in private practice, Judge Kaplan accused its lead litigator, Martin Garbus of professional misconduct and cautioned a co-worker against taking a position in Garbus' law firm. Both incidents create a conflict of interest for the Clinton-appointed federal judge, who has pushed for a speedy trial since the initial court appearance."

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