Charlie Sheen & Arbitration
June 16, 2011 by USA Post
Charlie Sheen & Arbitration, A Los Angeles judge has ruled that Charlie Sheen and 100 million lawsuits against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre on her dismissal of “Two and a Half Men” should proceed in arbitration rather than going to a public trial. Judge Allan Goodman wrote in a 21-page opinion released Wednesday Sheen’s contract “requires each party to submit to arbitration.”
But Sheen’s legal team, led by Martin Singer, said the ruling does not preclude the possibility of a public trial at a date. Goodman left one of the central arguments of the field Sheen – the actor’s contract was “inconceivable” and was given no meaningful right to negotiate the terms of the arbitration clause – the referee himself.
“All the court said is,” I will not make that decision, “?” Singer said. “The arbitrator will make the decision now.”
Jackson had tried to keep the arbitration case, pending before JAMS service, and said it would curb punitive damages, finding the limit and pay the costs Sheen let the process considerably. Brightness suit filed after he was fired from the series, says that at the height of his contract and “Men” co-creator Lorre failures for shortened season of the series.
Studies such as to avoid public trials, with the thorny details of contracts and negotiations at the hearing to the public.
Warner Bros. said in a statement: “We are pleased the court decision implementing agreement of the parties to arbitration.”
Goodman said in his ruling that even if the arbitration clause Sheen were “not as clear,” the Supreme Court and state Supreme Court “has repeatedly expressed strong preference for each compliance agreements to arbitrate.”
Sheen’s legal team has also argued that Lorre should not be part of the arbitration because it was part of his contract. But Lorre’s contract contained its own arbitration clause.
Howard Weitzman, who represents Lorre, said “the court made the ruling denying the request for Mr. Sheen to stay the arbitration, referring to his lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre arbitration as his contract required. This matter will now move in an orderly manner in which the parties agreed. “
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