Butler Snow Says Timber Scam Suit Belongs In Arbitration

Law360 (December 3, 2019, 4:28 PM EST) -- Butler Snow LLP and its business development subsidiary have told the Fifth Circuit that a suit alleging the firm helped a now-imprisoned client pull off a massive Ponzi scheme belongs in arbitration, arguing that the lower court was wrong to say that an arbitration clause was not enforceable.

The firm argued Monday that even though the engagement agreement with former client Arthur Lamar Adams contained both an arbitration clause and a clause granting “exclusive jurisdiction” to Mississippi courts, the two passages could be harmonized and did not need to be seen as contradictory.

The lower court, Butler Snow said, should have...

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