A lawsuit over the use of late Tejano star Selena’s image has been delayed so the case could be assigned to another judge.
District court judge Carlos Valdez will not hear the lawsuit involving members of Selena’s family. Her father, Abraham Quintanilla, is suing her widower Chris Perez claiming he didn’t have the right to use Selena’s image for a book he published and for a tv series he was producing based on that book, To Selena, With Love.
In the lawsuit filed in December 2016, Quintanilla asked for $1 million plus attorney’s fees. He claims Perez violated a contract he signed that gave the Quintanilla family the trademark and copyright rights of Selena’s name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness.
The hearing was supposed to get underway on Monday but has been delayed. Hector Canales, the attorney representing the production company Endemol Latino, said he was planning to file a motion to have Valdez removed the case.
Judge Valdez was the lead prosecutor for the trial involving Selena’s killer Yolanda Saldivar in 1995. He has known the Quintanilla family for over 25 years.
The case will now be assigned to another judge within two days with the next hearing in the case scheduled for May 6.
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