Ex-Perkins Coie Atty's Pay Claims Sent To Arbitration

Law360, New York (July 30, 2012, 10:08 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday threw out a putative class action brought by a former Perkins Coie LLP attorney over paycheck deductions, ordering the parties to enter arbitration as called for in a partnership agreement.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White found the majority of the arbitration clause in the partnership agreement between the firm and lead plaintiff Harold DeGraff valid, but severed a provision that requires the arbitration to remain confidential, finding that it could benefit only the firm and not the plaintiff....
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