January 14, 2016 / 11:23 PM / 2 years ago

Judge refuses to step down from tobacco companies' lawsuit

A federal judge has declined to recuse himself from a lawsuit filed by tobacco companies against the U.S. government over new regulatory guidance, saying his former law firm’s work for an anti-tobacco group would not keep him from being impartial.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C. said in an order Wednesday his relationship to the anti-tobacco group by way of his old firm, Zuckerman Spaeder, was “too attenuated” to warrant recusal.

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