Winston & Strawn Loss May Squeeze Atty Arbitration Pacts
By Andrew Strickler (November 6, 2018, 9:08 PM EST) -- A California appeals court decision sinking Winston & Strawn LLP's arbitration agreement with a former attorney suing the firm for discrimination will encourage "for hire" lawyers and others outside firms' power structures to fight contracts that seek to block legal disputes from reaching the courtroom, experts say.
The First Appellate District holding in favor of former Winston patent lawyer Constance Ramos, who opposed having her gender bias case transferred to an arbiter, should also encourage law firms to rein in overly aggressive arbitration provisions, both for legal and business reasons.
Cara Greene of Outten & Golden LLP said the decision is...
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