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Pemerton v. Springer
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1995 WL 579465 (1995)
The Jerry Springer Show was a reality television talk show produced by Multimedia Entertainment, Inc. (Multimedia) (defendant) and hosted by Jerry Springer (defendant). Tracy Pemerton (plaintiff) agreed to appear on The Jerry Springer Show on the condition that his archenemy, Lester McQuery, not be invited onto the show. Producers assured Pemerton that McQuery would not be on the show, and as a result, Pemerton signed a release agreeing that any claims arising from the release or from his appearance would be subject to arbitration. McQuery did in fact appear on the show and assaulted Pemerton from behind. Pemerton sued for injuries stemming from the taping of the episode. Multimedia and Springer moved to stay the proceedings and compel arbitration. Pemerton argued that the arbitration clause was unenforceable because he was fraudulently induced into signing the release.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Norgle, J.)
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