The federal judge assigned to Levinson Axelrod‘s suit against an ex-associate over his “Levinson Axelrod Really Sucks” gripe site decided to take herself off the case last Monday, even before the defendant asked her to do so.

Edward Heyburn sought recusal of U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson on Tuesday, saying her husband, Douglas Wolfson, had worked as a mediator or arbitrator for the Edison, N.J.-based firm and is likely to continue to do so. Heyburn said the relationship would “place [the judge] in an awkward and questionable position” and recusal would avoid an appearance of impropriety.

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