As I suspected, the Jamie Leigh Jones testimony on the Hill quickly devolved away from the Department of Justice’s alleged failures in investigating a rape (the ostensible reason for the hearing) to the completely unrelated issue of her arbitration agreement with KBR and her attempt to conflate KBR with Halliburton, something welcomed by the litigation-lobby blogs that did the same thing. (KBR wasn’t invited to send a representative to the hearing.) Jones misrepresented the arbitration as “secret,” though the arbitration proceeding is just as public as a court proceeding to the extent either party wishes it to be. To that end, I invite Ms. Jones to send me the summary judgment briefs from her pending arbitration proceeding against KBR that led her attorneys to file a second action in court making new allegations against Halliburton, and I will happily post them and provide free publicity analyzing them. From the KBR briefs:
Jones has admitted that she is a party to an arbitration agreement and has invoked and
benefited from the terms of the DRP by participating in a pending arbitration proceeding
involving the same claims. She made a demand for arbitration more than a year before filing this lawsuit, participated in the selection of an arbitrator, exchanged discovery and even moved for summary judgment.