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Dallas, TX, United States, 2008/08/06 - A federal judge has approved a request for binding arbitration submitted by Hillsborough, N.C.-based Encore Marketing Group Inc. in an ongoing dispute with Dallas-based Idearc Media Group over advertising sales from the Superpages.com Website.
Idearc, formerly known as Verizon Directories Corp., filed the lawsuit earlier this year. Attorneys for Idearc contend that representatives of Encore Marketing submitted thousands of fraudulent invoices for SuperPages.com advertising sales that never occurred, and subsequently received commissions for those sales. Idearc had sought to avoid binding arbitration in the case.
Encore vigorously denies the allegations and has asserted from the outset that the parties contractually agreed to resolve any disputes through arbitration.
On July 30, 2008, Federal Judge Barbara Lynn denied Idearc’s motion.
Attorneys for Encore view the ruling as extremely positive for their clients, which include both the company and six current or former Encore executives.
“The ruling clarifies that the binding arbitrations provisions found in the contract between the firms is mandatory, not optional,” says Richard Sayles, lead counsel for Encore Marketing and a co-founder of the Dallas trial firm Sayles Werbner, PC.
“We believe that this matter will be handled efficiently and effectively through the arbitration process, and that this ruling is another step that will lead to a favorable resolution for Encore Marketing,” says Sayles.
Sayles Werbner has an international reputation as a “go to” trial law firm in multifaceted business litigation, intellectual property, life-altering personal injury cases, product safety lawsuits and other areas of the law.