Judge Won't Kick Landlord Fraud Case To Abritration

By Michelle Casady (June 24, 2021, 6:48 PM EDT) -- A Texas state judge on Thursday declined to send to arbitration a contentious fraud dispute between a commercial landlord and tenant hospitality company where one party has raised claims of racial and gender discrimination against the American Arbitration Association.

Harris County District Judge Fredericka Phillips kicked off a virtual hearing on the matter Thursday by telling counsel for landlord Jetall Cos. Inc. to address an arbitration provision in lease agreements with Sonder USA Inc. Sonder, a hospitality company that offers apartment-style short-term and extended stays in cities across the country, filed this lawsuit in February, seeking damages related to five leases it...

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