A former San Diego Superior Court judge who ruled against arbitration campaigner Jon Perz in his battle with a local car dealership has become an arbitrator.
Judge Steven R. Denton sided against Perz during his six-year case against Mossy Toyota in Pacific Beach. Denton retired in June 2013 and soon after went to work for local arbitration company Judicate West.
Perz claims that he bought a car from Mossy in 2006 that was water-damaged and had several serious defects. Because the lengthy contract he signed with the dealer contained a mandatory arbitration clause, Mossy insisted Perz argue his complaint in arbitration, rather than Superior Court.
In the long, complicated case, which is ongoing, Perz has argued that arbitration will not give him a fair hearing.