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Avenatti, Broidy Must Face Ex-Playmate’s Claims in State Court

June 26, 2020, 12:54 AM

Former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee Elliot Broidy can’t force arbitration of claims regarding a settlement agreement with former Playboy Playmate Shera Bechard because her simultaneous claims against attorneys Michael Avenatti and Keith Davidson could lead to conflicting rulings on common issues of fact and law, a California appeals court said.

Bechard and Broidy were involved in an intimate relationship, she told the court, and she hired Davidson to represent her in settlement proceedings with Broidy after finding out she was pregnant. Bechard ultimately signed a settlement requiring Broidy to pay her $1.6 million over eight installments, she...

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