A multimillion-dollar dispute between Washington, D.C.’s Crowell & Moring and two victims of the 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 is now heading for parallel proceedings on the east and west coasts.

Last week, U.S. District Judge John Bates of the District of Columbia issued an order compelling arbitration of the victims’ claims that a joint prosecution agreement with the law firm was unenforceable. And U.S. District Judge Gary Fees in Los Angeles rejected the firm’s attempt to keep the victims’ lawsuit in federal court.

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