Stats Don't Prove Judge Has Pro-Bank Bias, Court Says

By Martin O'Sullivan (April 6, 2017, 5:21 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has declined to disqualify a colleague from a foreclosure dispute brought by a homeowner, saying the homeowner's claim that the judge is biased for dismissing 56 out of 57 foreclosure-related cases since 2008 lacks adequate evidence and uses a potentially incorrect figure.

Gary Kooba in March requested the removal of U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez from his case targeting several mortgage companies, arguing that a Westlaw search of cases since the financial crisis revealed that the judge had allowed a borrower's case to get to discovery just once. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter on Wednesday...

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