No Bootstrapping Arbitration Provision

Attorney sought to force arbitration of a fee dispute under a joint-venture agreement without an arbitration provision by using the arbitration provisions in either the joint-venture’s retainer agreement with the client, or in the settlement agreement related to the client’s claim. The Mississippi Supreme Court held that the attorney could not compel arbitration because the fee dispute arose directly from the joint-venture agreement and was not related to either the retainer agreement or the settlement agreement.  Freese  v. Mitchell, 2014 WL 1946593 (Miss.).

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