The Hollywood Reporter's law blog reports this morning that Charlie Sheen, who as you likely know has filed a $100 million claim against Warner Brothers and the producer of Two and a Half Men, did not win an attempt to pursue that claim in court instead of arbitration.
Apparently, there is an arbitration clause in Sheen's contract that requires disputes to be resolved behind closed doors. The contract is with the studio only, but so far the arbitrator has ruled that the dispute with producer Chuck Lorre will be resolved in the same way unless a court says differently. Surprisingly (or not) it appears that Sheen would prefer as much as possible of the dispute to be resolved in court, where it would be very very public.
The report refers to the battle between the parties as a "fracas," which is generally a sign that it's going to be pretty entertaining.