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While much of the lawsuit against Paula Deen has been thrown out of court, the testimony will continue.

Court papers obtained by News 3 show that Deen's lawyer James Gerard, and the Chief Operating Officer of Paula Deen Enterprises, Theresa Feuger will be deposed August 19.

That was the final date set down by a judge for each to give their depositions in the sexual discrimination lawsuit against the celebrity chef and her brother Earl "Bubba" Hiers.

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A big part of the lawsuit against Paula Deen has been dismissed by a judge. More documents are expected Tuesday as both sides continue their motions before the court.

NEW: Click here to view the complete ruling by the judge.

In a 20-page response to both sides lawyers, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore tossed out racial discrimination claims, and severely damaged Lisa Jackson's case against Paula Deen and her brother Earl "Bubba" Hiers.

You may remember Jackson, who is white, claimed she was in a hostile work environment, and subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years she worked and managed Uncle Bubba's.  

That lawsuit, and the resulting admission of racist language used by the celebrity chef, led Paula Deen to lose most of her endorsement and book deals, as well as her TV show.  

In Judge Moore's response Monday, he said in part:

"No allegations that Hiers racially offensive comments were either directed toward Plaintiff or made with intent to harass her."

"While Plaintiff may have faced significant challenges in managing a workplace allegedly permeated with racial discrimination..."

"..Her difficulties do not fall within the zone of interests sought to be protected by Title VII, and cannot support a claim for racial discrimination.."

Deen's camp is happy with the judge's decision.

In a response sent to News 3 this afternoon:

"We are pleased with the Court's ruling today that Lisa Jackson's claims of race discrimination have been dismissed. As Ms. Deen has stated before. She is confident that those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone."

The judge has not dismissed the sexual discrimination claims against Deen or Bubba Hiers.

So as of now those stand.

While there have been claims that a settlement has been reached between the two sides.

Deen's camp says no settlement is imminent.

News 3 continues to follow this case, and will tell you what happens next.

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William T. Moore, Jr. a judge with the U.S. district court of the Southern District of Georgia, dismissed the complaints of racial discrimination made by Lisa Jackson in a lawsuit filed against Paula Deen, Paula Deen Enterprises, and Deen's brother Bubba Heirs.

  Moore ruled that Jackson was not the target of unlawful discrimination and is not of the race that Jackson claims was being discriminated against.

  In the order released Monday, Moore writes, " the Court concludes that Plaintiff is not an aggrieved party under Title VII because her interests are not those arguably sought to be protected by that statue.  At best, Plaintiff is an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination.  There are no allegations that Defendant Hiers's racially offensive comments were either directed toward Plaintiff or made with the intent to harass her."

  Lisa Jackson is a former employee of Uncle Bubba's Seafood restaurant.  Jackson filed the lawsuit claiming both sexual harassment and racial discrimination.  The issue of sexual harassment is still set to be ruled on.

A statement released by Deen's camp reads:

"We are pleased with the Court's ruling today that Lisa Jackson's claims of race discrimination have been dismissed. As Ms. Deen has stated before , she is confident that those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone." 

  News 3 is continuing to follow this story and will have more beginning on First News at 5.

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