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Some attorneys contend that recent decisions by the state Supreme Court have reinforced New Jersey’s standing as a pro-arbitration state, asking how far will the court go in this direction, while others contend that employers and others have simply done more to conform arbitration clauses to the court’s rulings.

In Skuse v. Pfizer, the State Supreme Court ruled 5-1 Aug. 18 that a former Pfizer employee’s discrimination claims must be resolved through arbitration. In upholding the trial court, the majority reversed the Appellate Division and determined that plaintiff Amy Skuse’s employment discrimination claim was indisputably included in the Pfizer arbitration agreement’s broad language.

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Suzette Parmley

Trenton Correspondent who covers the N.J. Supreme Court, Governor, Legislature. She also contributes to The Legal Intelligencer and law.com. Suzette joined New Jersey Law Journal in Jan. 2019 from the Philadelphia Inquirer where she was a former Trenton Statehouse Correspondent and Business Reporter/Columnist. Awards: 1st Place for 2020 coverage of NJ Supreme Court; 2019 Specialized Writing Category, 5-time winner of the Business Financial Writing Portfolio Award from the New Jersey Press Association. Graduate of the Fels Center of Government/University of Pennsylvania. Email: [email protected] or follow on Twitter: @SuzParmley

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