Charlie Sheen: What His Court Loss Means for the $100 Million Lawsuit (Analysis)

Talk about not winning.

Now that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has declined to exercise jurisdiction over Charlie Sheen's $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre, the case will likely be confined to a private arbitration. But it's certainly not over.

First, our take on today's ruling from Judge Allan Goodman: Sheen and his attorney Marty Singer had argued that the legal issues surrounding the actor's firing from Two and a Half Men should be decided by a judge and jury, while Warners and lawyer John Spiegel (backed by Lorre attorney Howard Weitzman) were seeking to enforce a broad arbitration clause in Sheen's contract and take the matter to a JAMS arbitrator. Goodman, after nearly two months of deliberation, ruled that that JAMS arbitrator, not him, will determine whether he should to hear the case. Hon. Richard Neal, the arbitrator assigned to the case, will likely agree to preside over the matter, but there are a lot of incorrect news reports out there saying Goodman ordered the case to be arbitrated. He didn't; he's letting Neal decide, and that decision should come soon.   Read More...


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