The $2.7 billion legal judgment against Yahoo over a disputed partnership in Mexico was strange from the get-go.But it keeps getting weirder.
The latest bit we’ve learned: The judge who oversaw the ruling in favour of Yahoo’s former partner, Worldwide Directories, is no longer on the job.
That’s according to El Economista, a Mexican newspaper, which tried to contact the judge, Jorge Luis Ramirez Sanchez.
Officials in the 49th Civil Court of the Federal District, where the case was originally heard, told the paper that the judge had been removed from office and was in training to be a justice of the peace.
In Mexico, a justice of the peace is typically a municipal or community authority who handles small cases and family disputes. That seems like a less prestigious post than hearing cases in a civil court.
However, we’ve learned from a source that the Economista’s report was incorrect, and that the judge in question is moving to a new role overseeing oral trials, a relatively new system of justice for Mexico that’s viewed as a reform.
Yahoo filed an appeal in mid-December, as it said it planned to do when it revealed the judgment against it. The lawyer who originally represented it left the firm where he worked, and Yahoo has hired another firm to handle the appeal. An appeals court is expected to hear the case in February.
For what its worth, Carlos Bazan-Canabal, a cofounder of Worldwide Directories, tells Business Insider that he’s sticking with his original legal team in Mexico for the appeal. He’s also hired Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, a prominent Silicon Valley law firm, to represent his company in the U.S.
Update: We’ve gotten more information about the judge’s new assignment, which appears to be a promotion, not a lesser role.