Golden v. O'Melveny & Myers LLP
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Jeffrey Golden (plaintiff) and O’Melveny & Myers LLP (O’Melveny) (defendant) went into arbitration to resolve a dispute. O’Melveny was represented by Gibson Dunn (Gibson). During the arbitration, and after Golden raised the issue of possible bias, the arbitrator disclosed that his son was applying for employment at O’Melveny, Gibson, and other law firms in the area. To remove this potential hiring of the arbitrator’s son by either firm as an issue, Gibson and O’Melveny said neither would hire the arbitrator’s son. Golden nonetheless sought the arbitrator’s recusal, this time arguing that O’Melveny and Gibson’s decision not to hire the arbitrator’s son did not remove the possibility of bias but instead exacerbated it. The arbitrator refused to recuse, the dispute was arbitrated, and the arbitrator issued a final award. Golden sought a vacatur on grounds the arbiter was biased.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Snyder, J.)
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