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BigLaw Forced Arbitration Expected To Survive Amid #MeToo

Law360, Boston (April 19, 2019, 7:51 PM EDT) -- Even though social media pressure spurred on by Harvard law students has led several BigLaw firms to change course on mandatory arbitration, experts say arbitration has gotten a bad rap and so-called coercive contracts, in some form, will ultimately survive the #MeToo movement.

A group of students at Harvard Law School has persuaded several major law firms to drop mandatory arbitration provisions. (AP) The year-old Pipeline Parity Project, a group of Harvard Law School students, has convinced major firms like Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Sidley Austin LLP to drop mandatory arbitration provisions, following criticism that arbitrating sexual and other harassment claims can...

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP has redefined what it means to be the biggest of BigLaw — weighing in at 2,116 attorneys by year end 2018 and becoming the first firm since Law360 began tracking law firm head counts to top 2,000 U.S.-based attorneys.

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