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    Ark. court orders arbitration in LegalZoom case

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' highest court says a lawsuit that accuses an online legal document services company of illegally practicing law in the state must instead go to arbitration.

    The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a Pope County judge was wrong to deny LegalZoom.com Inc.'s motion to compel arbitration in the lawsuit filed by a Russellville man. Jonathan McIllwain had used the LegalZoom site to make a last will and testament, and paid the company $98.95.

    McIllwain filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in 2012, accusing it of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and violating the state's Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

    In the 5-2 ruling, justices noted that the site's terms of service McIllwain agreed to included an arbitration clause.

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