Bingham Loses Fight To Arbitrate Ex-Lawyer's Bias Suit

Law360, New York (March 30, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT) -- Bingham McCutchen LLP lost its bid to force a former associate to arbitrate her allegations that she was wrongfully terminated after developing a rare sleep disorder when a California judge ruled Thursday that arbitration provisions in her contract don't apply.

California Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana said Thursday that Bingham's employment agreement with former associate Hartwell Harris says it's governed by Massachusetts law, and precedent from that state says mandatory arbitration applies to statutory discrimination claims only if agreements "at a minimum, state clearly and...
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