Judge Must Recuse Over Copyright Troll 'Epithet,' Atty Says

Law360 (October 30, 2019, 3:08 PM EDT) -- Richard Liebowitz, an attorney who has filed more than 1,600 copyright lawsuits over the past four years, is now demanding the recusal of a New York federal judge who "viciously" labeled him a "copyright troll."

In a filing Tuesday, the litigious attorney said U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's use of the "pejorative schoolyard epithet" means he cannot preside over a case Liebowitz filed over paparazzi photos of the model Emily Ratajkowski.

"Judge Kaplan's persistent commentary on Mr. Liebowitz's so-called business model, coupled with his nonlegal use of the highly pejorative terms 'troll' and 'extort' to scandalize an officer of this...

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