Alternative Dispute Resolution
3rd Circuit Rules Arbitrator Can’t Sue Stradley Ronon Over Bias Claim
Posted Jul 31, 2009 8:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A federal appeals court has ruled that a private arbitrator may not sue Stradley Ronon and one of its lawyers for allegations made in a quest to disqualify him.
The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Stradley Ronon and partner Andre Dennis are protected from suit because of an absolute privilege covering communications made in the course of litigation, the Legal Intelligencer reports. The decision was unpublished.
Arbitrator Edwin Naythons had alleged the law firm falsely claimed he had backdated a ruling to avoid allegations he was biased by a death threat. Naythons says the ruling was already written when the threat was made.