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Arbitration Trumps State Laws: Supreme Court

Law360, New York (February 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a decision that affirms the authority of arbitration clauses in contracts even over state law, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an arbitrator is responsible for ruling upon a fee dispute between the star of the television show “Judge Alex” and his former manager.

The high court held in an 8-1 decision on Wednesday that a California court of appeal erred in preventing arbitration to proceed between former Florida trial court judge Alex E. Ferrer and entertainment industry attorney Arnold M. Preston until the...
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