District Court Judge Carlos Valdez won’t preside over the lawsuit between late Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, and her widower, Chris Perez.
In the lawsuit Quintanilla filed in December 2016, he claimed 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. In exchange, Perez agreed to receive, among other things, 25-percent of the net profits derived from the exploitation of the Entertainment Properties.
In the lawsuit, Quintanilla claims Perez breached the contract when he published a book entitled “To Selena with Love”. Perez, along with his production company Blue Mariachi Productions and Endemol Latino, were planning to produce a T.V. series based on the book. In the lawsuit, Quintanilla requested that Endemol Latino cease any and all activities based on the book.
Quintanilla is also asking Perez to pay him $1 million and pay for his attorney fees.
The lawsuit was filed in the 148th District Court, which was Judge Guy Williams’ court at the time. The defendants include Chris Perez, Blue Mariachi Productions and Endemol Latino.