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Federal judge wants answers in Paula Deen lawsuit

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On the same day a settlement was reached in the lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen and her brotther, Bubba Hiers, a federal judge raising questions about how the case was handled.

Judge William T. Moore signed an order compelling an attorney for the plantiff – former Uncle Bubba's Oyster House manager Lisa Heirs – allegations brought by Deen's attorneys that Matt Billips "used possible media attention to threaten the Defendants… made inapporopriate comments on Twitter that referenced Defendant Deen… asked irrelavant and purposely embarassing questions during depositions… (and) filed documents in this court to pressure Defendant Deen to settle."

Billips has 20 days to answer the allegations, after which the judge will schedule a hearing to determine whether Billips violated Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If he's found in violation, Billips could be forced to relinquish any fees he may have collected in the case.

The terms of the settlement are not being released.

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