NRA V. WINSTON & STRAWN

TIMELINE

August 21, 2020

Winston files its Points and Authorities in Support of its Motion to Compel Arbitration, or Dismiss. Winston claims the NRA is trying to “circumvent the ongoing arbitration proceedings.”

September 4, 2020

The NRA files its Opposition to Winston’s Motion to Stay and Compel Arbitration or Dismiss. The NRA states that Winston received hundreds of thousands of dollars it refuses to return.

September 11, 2020

JAMS files a motion to dismiss with prejudice the NRA’s Original Complaint. JAMS contends the NRA’s claims are moot, barred by the doctrine of arbitral immunity, and otherwise insufficiently pled.

October 21, 2020

Judge Robert R. Rigsby rules that the NRA's claim for unjust enrichment against Winston will proceed. However, the judge grants JAMS' motion to dismiss. 

June 20, 2020

On the eve of an arbitration trial, NRA's outside counsel is inadvertently copied on a group email sent by its arbitrator, Hon. Richard Neville (Ret.), in which "lurid white nationalist propaganda was shared and promoted." Among the recipients of the email was a senior partner of opposing counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP. 

June 22, 2020

NRA's outside counsel responds to the group email, stating that it is "highly offensive and disturbing." 

June 22, 2020 

Judge Neville responds to the NRA's outside counsel and apologizes for including the individual in the email, which was sent to "long time friends from all walks of life." 

June 24, 2020

JAMS suspends Judge Neville "from new appointments" and opens an investigation. 

July 1, 2020

The NRA makes the first of several requests for communications between Judge Neville and the Winston & Strawn partner. Winston consistently refuses to cooperate. 

July 29, 2020

The NRA files a complaint against JAMS, Inc. and Winston & Strawn LLP. The NRA brings the action to recover funds expended during the corrupted arbitration proceeding and to uncover facts about the extent and effect of the bias that tainted the proceeding.

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