Payne & Fears LLP won a five-year battle on behalf of client Medway Plastics Corporation, ending with the California Court of Appeal upholding dismissals by the arbitrator and trial court.
Two former employees of Medway filed their complaint in 2013. We moved swiftly to compel arbitration, which the trial court denied. We appealed, and the Court of Appeal agreed with us and ordered arbitration.
When Plaintiffs waited more than a year to file their complaint in arbitration, we moved to dismiss their claims as untimely. This argument was accepted by the arbitrator, who dismissed the case. Plaintiffs then appealed, first to the trial court (who agreed with us and the arbitrator) and then to the Court of Appeal.
In its 22-page decision, the Court of Appeal upheld the decisions of the arbitrator and the trial court to dismiss the case.
Medway Plastics Corporation was defended by Phil Lem, who prepared the briefings and argued successfully before the arbitrator, the trial court and twice at the Court of Appeal.