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Trial in Halliburton employee rape case begins today

Jones’ case brought arbitration clauses under scrutiny

In our December 2009 Circuit article, “Court rejects arbitration clause in gang-rape case,” InsideCounsel reported the story of Jamie Leigh Jones, a 19-year-old clerical worker for Halliburton Co./KBR Kellogg Brown & Root. Jones had sued Halliburton after claiming she was gang raped by company employees while working in Baghdad.

The case initially raised questions about arbitration clauses because Jones had signed an employment contract that required all disputes to be privately arbitrated. In late 2009, the 5th Circuit affirmed—despite that contract—that she may sue her ex-employer.

While the questions raised about arbitration agreements in the case were decided more than two years ago, today Jones finally gets her day in court.

Read the AP’s story about Jones’ rape allegation and the upcoming trial.

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Cathleen Flahardy

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