Nielsen and Bubba the Love Sponge will get more time to prepare for their trial. They asked for an extra four months and for the information they exchange to remain private.
According to the latest documents submitted to a federal court in Tampa, they agreed the information they’d exchange would “contain confidential, proprietary and trade secret information, and given the potential media attention this matter might attract,” the parties sought to keep the information behind a protective order.
That held up discovery, so now U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore has given them an extra four months, which puts back their trial until May 2017; Previously it was due to begin in January.
Nielsen sued Bubba Clem for $1 million in a civil suit last fall, alleging PPM ratings tampering.