American Media Inc. has lost a bid to force Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman to answer claims before an arbitrator that the firm breached a settlement agreement negotiated for plaintiffs in a prior litigation against the magazine publisher to sue it on behalf of new clients.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Eileen Bransten last week found in American Media Inc. v. Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, 601467/2009, that the firm was not a signatory to a settlement agreement in the prior litigation.

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