Jones, Funderburg v. Scruggs: Judge rules no to arbitration AT THIS TIME

The court ruled that ordinarily, the case would go to arbitration, that the prior actions by the Scruggs defendants (which was ignoring the Jones demands for arbitration) were not sufficient to waive arbitration, but that the Jones motion for sanctions (which argued that the court should sanction Scruggs by entering a default judgment granting the Jones plaintiffs a right to their claimed fee) was not an arbitration matter and he was going to hear that motion before any referral to arbitration. The court said there will be no fact hearing before February 25th (the date of the criminal trial) but could be legal arguments.

The judge presented an opinion which he had not yet signed. He has since signed it.