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A Delaware County judge recused himself from a case involving feuding former partners of class action boutique Chimicles Jacobsen & Tikellis after realizing that he holds feelings of “animosity” toward the lead defense counsel. And the county’s president judge granted a request to bring in a visiting judge to preside over the heated case. In a four-page opinion, Common Pleas Judge Joseph F. Battle said his relationship with Marc J. Zucker of Mann Ungar Spector & Labovitz, attorney for defendants Nicholas and Kathleen Chimicles, deteriorated so much that he can no longer preside over the case. The Chimicleses are being sued by former partner Kenneth Jacobsen. “All of the attorneys in this matter, with the exception of Mr. Zucker, have previously been before this judge and have lost cases/motions and won cases/motions on their merits,” Battle wrote. “It has finally come to the point where this judge has an animosity toward Mr. Zucker because of his snide remarks, his inconsistent representations and inappropriate criticisms. While this judge has no question that he can fairly decide the issues before him, the animosity toward Mr. Zucker may create the appearance that this judge cannot fairly decide on these issues before him.”

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