Arbitration Bias Claim In Drug Row Premature, Judge Says

Law360, Los Angeles (May 24, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Friday tossed a lawsuit asking her to find that the American Arbitration Association is biased against an attorney for drugmaker PeriCor Therapeutics Inc., saying judicial review would be premature before an AAA panel issues an award in PeriCor's underlying contract dispute with Merck & Co.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle Rosenblatt declined PeriCor's request to intervene in the pending arbitration of a case in which it alleges Merck breached a licensing agreement to develop a drug used to treat high-risk open...
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