Judge Who Nixed 'Avatar' Theft Suit Won't Recuse Self

Law360, Washington (October 29, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT) -- A California judge who tossed a suit alleging that director James Cameron stole the idea for “Avatar” refused to disqualify herself from the case last week over her husband's movie industry career, saying the plaintiff shouldn't have waited until he lost the case to request the change.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason criticized writer Eric Ryder for waiting until after she threw out his case against Cameron and his production company Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. to request she remove herself from the case, saying she...
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