Judge With Manatt Ties Won't Step Down From Racetrack Row

Law360, New York (April 24, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT) -- A New York state judge refused Friday to recuse himself from a suit over SL Green Realty Corp's. claims that a rival usurped its multimillion-dollar bid to operate New York's racetracks, saying his former firm, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, did not represent the state agency that selected the winning bid at a critical point.

Judge O. Peter Sherwood said his employment at Manatt ended just as the firm came to represent Empire State Development Corp., so there was no reasonable question about the judge's impartiality....
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