Ex-Ogletree Atty Says Arbitration Pact 'Rife With Defects'

By Braden Campbell (February 26, 2019, 3:43 PM EST) -- A former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney pursuing a proposed class action accusing the firm of underpaying its female lawyers urged a California federal judge to keep her case in court, faulting Ogletree's "barebones approach" to her arbitration agreement. 

Ex-Ogletree shareholder Dawn Knepper pushed back Monday against Ogletree's argument that she effectively agreed to arbitrate claims against the firm by failing to opt out of its mandatory arbitration agreement, saying her silence shouldn't be taken as assent.

"Ogletree's putative arbitration agreement is rife with defects in formation that preclude its enforcement. In short, arbitration is a matter of...

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