Pierce Bainbridge Says Ex-Partner's Suit Must Be Arbitrated

Law360 (January 13, 2020, 7:16 PM EST) -- Pierce Bainbridge has told a New York state court that a contentious defamation suit by a former partner belongs in arbitration, saying that the partner signed an arbitration agreement when he was hired.

The firm claimed in a motion filed Friday that Donald Lewis, who alleges that he was fired and falsely accused of sexual assault after threatening to blow the whistle on sketchy financial dealings at Pierce Bainbridge, not only signed the employee agreement containing the arbitration clause but also clearly read and understood it since he chose to opt out of a portion of the agreement.

"Plaintiff is an...

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