Court Strikes Down O’Melveny’s Arbitration Policy

Law360, New York (May 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court has found that law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP enforced a strict arbitration agreement on its employees that breached California law.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday the arbitration contract the firm required all of its 1,044 employees to sign was “unconscionable,” and it reversed and remanded the lower court’s decision.

The decision stemmed from an overtime suit brought by former paralegal Jacquelin Davis, who departed the firm in 2003. In 2002, O’Melveny had...
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