Butler Snow Says Timber Scam Contract Favors Arbitration

Law360 (July 2, 2020, 4:26 PM EDT) -- The key to determining the correct forum for a case that accuses Butler Snow LLP and its business development subsidiary of helping a now-imprisoned client pull off a massive Ponzi scheme is what the contract doesn't include, the law firm told a Fifth Circuit panel Thursday.

Butler Snow's counsel Alan Perry of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP told a three-judge panel during remote oral arguments that its engagement agreement with former client Arthur Lamar Adams shows the parties meant to first arbitrate any disputes. Although a forum selection clause in the agreement gives "exclusive jurisdiction" to Mississippi courts, the clause doesn't mention...

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