Justin Werner

Justin Werner

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Third Circuit Holds That Courts – Not Arbitrators – Must Determine Whether Arbitration Clauses Permit Class Action Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a precedential opinion, recently held that courts, not arbitrators, must decide whether a class action dispute should be governed by arbitration unless the...more

1/13/2016 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Arbitrators Class Action Corporate Counsel Declaratory Rulings Gas Royalties Judicial Review Mineral Leases Oil & Gas

Digital Defamation Update: Recent Decisions Highlight Issues with Tweets, Hyperlinks

The rapid spread of social media sites has opened up unparalleled opportunities for voices that might have once gone unheard to resound across the world. While these channels can be undeniably advantageous in many contexts,...more

11/24/2015 - Defamation Free Speech Hyperlink Social Media Twitter Website Owner Liability

6th Circuit Win in Oil and Gas Lease Dispute

On June 6, 2014, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. in Eastham v. Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C., Case No. 13-4233. This is the first appellate...more

6/9/2014 - Appeals Class Action Energy Policy Leases Marcellus Shale Mineral Leases Oil & Gas Renewal Options

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