Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Judge Beckloff Sends Ex-Bar Director’s Suit to Arbitration
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L Beckloff on Friday granted the State Bar’s request to send to arbitration a whistleblower lawsuit filed by the bar’s former executive director, the State Bar said in a release.
The State Bar has maintained it could terminate Dunn with or without cause, and that the lawsuit filed by Dunn is baseless.
On Dec. 4, 2014, the State Bar notified Dunn that it was invoking the mediation/arbitration provisions of the employment agreement.
In his order, Beckloff said:
“The scope of the arbitration agreement is broad and covers ‘(a)ny controversy or claim arising out of or related to’ Plaintiff’s Employment Agreement. Given the expansive nature of the provision, there can be no dispute that this controversy or claim arises out of and is related to Plaintiff’s Employment Agreement.”
State Bar Acting Executive Director Robert Hawley commented:
“We are, of course, pleased with this result. The State Bar’s goal all along has been to resolve this issue, not grandstand. We are pleased that substance and merit prevailed.”
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