Profane Judge Booted From Shell Oil Contract Spat

Law360, New York (March 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appellate judge has ruled that a district judge should have recused himself in a $28 million contract dispute between gas station operator Sentis Group Inc. and Shell Oil Co., saying the trial judge's unusually strong language in dismissing the suit called into question his impartiality.

Judge Michael J. Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Tuesday that Judge Dean Whipple of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri had at least given the appearance of partiality in...
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