(LOS ANGELES) -- TV's Dr. Phil McGraw is reportedly fighting back against a negligence lawsuit that claims his dog allegedly attacked and injured a former best friend.
RadarOnline reports lawyers for Dr. Phil have filed court papers seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed last month by Janet Harris on the grounds it violates an agreement to arbitrate any disputes.
Harris claims she was brutally mauled by Dr. Phil and wife Robin McGraw's dog, Maggie, a purebred Korean Jindo, at their Beverly Hills mansion without warning or provocation in late 2009. Her lawsuit seeks compensation for medical treatment costs, general damages, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.
Harris was a frequent guest on the Dr. Phil show as a skin care specialist. Dr. Phil's attorneys claim Harris signed an arbitration agreement in 2009 in which she agreed to resolve any and all disputes between her and Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw in "binding, confidential, private arbitration..."
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