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An alternative way for solving fashion disputes: The Fashion Mediation Association (FMA)

In the attempt to offer an alternative to court proceedings, by creating an independent body specialized in the fashion industry, a bunch of companies active in the field has recently created the Fashion Mediation Association...more

About that English Law and Arbitration Clause: Consider enforcement implications before signing

As is frequently seen in international commercial contracts, parties with no operations or other relationship to England or the United Kingdom specify English law as controlling, with a clause providing for arbitration of...more

Court Confirms Arbitration Panel’s Interim Award Requiring Reinsurer To Post Security For Cedent’s Claimed Losses

A federal district court has confirmed an arbitration panel’s interim award requiring Allied Provident, as reinsurer, to post security for unreimbursed losses and expenses that its cedent claims are due under the parties’...more

Failure to Disclose Procedures Dooms Arbitration Agreement

As a general rule, courts will uphold agreements that require employees to arbitrate their employment disputes. But an employer seeking to compel arbitration must show that the employee signed a valid written arbitration...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2014

New Laws Affecting California Employers - The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide...more

The California Divide: Federal Courts Refuse to Follow State Supreme Court’s Iskanian Decision

One of the last barriers to full enforcement of arbitration agreements with class action waivers sustained another blow last week. A California federal district court disagreed with the California Supreme Court in holding...more

Litigation: New York’s Appellate Division Refuses to Compel California Employers to Arbitrate in New York State (10/14)

The Appellate Division, First Department, for the Supreme Court of the State of New York recently held that a group of California-based employers represented by Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC cannot be compelled to arbitrate...more

Recent Cases of Note - Class Action Quarterly: Volume 2, Issue 3

Fifth Circuit Addresses CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception - The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that courts should only look to the complaint in effect at the time of removal when determining if...more

“Harmonizing” Contract Language Leads Two Circuit Courts To Deny Arbitration

Two parties recently convinced federal circuit courts that the language of their arbitration agreements was not sufficient to compel arbitration of their disputes. Both cases turned on how courts “harmonize” language from...more

No “Harmony,” No Arbitration

When AmeriPlan terminated contracts with numerous “independent business owners” (“IBOs”), four IBOs—who had achieved the rank of Sales Director and earned “lifetime residual income” through commissions from their own...more

Eight Tips on How to Impress Your Arbitrator

While the most successful way to impress your arbitrator is with the merits of your case, there are smaller, but important, ways to create a favorable impression of yourself and your client’s case. Below is one arbitrator’s...more

Are Your Website’s Terms and Conditions Enforceable? Ninth Circuit Rejects Barnes & Noble’s Browsewrap Terms of Use

Like most online retailers, Barnes & Noble posts “Terms of Use” on its website, which users may review by clicking on a hyperlink that takes them to the webpage on which the terms of use are displayed. Barnes & Noble relied...more

A Cautionary Tale on Arbitration Clauses

In July 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in 2296432 Ontario Ltd v. FOF Franchise Corp. The case involved an action by plaintiff franchisees for rescission of a franchise agreement and related...more

FINRA Issues Guidance Notice To Warn Against Settlements Barring Whistleblower Tips

This month, FINRA issued guidance notice 14-40 to reminds firms that “it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more

Construction Case Law Update - October 2014 #2

Disputes over a mediation agreement’s validity must be resolved prior to a court ruling on discovery requests regarding matters potentially settled by the agreement. A dispute arose after Jilco, Inc. (“Jilco”) subleased a...more

“An employee does not necessarily get one free sexual harassment before he loses his job”, says arbitrator in upholding dismissal...

An arbitrator has upheld the dismissal of a unionized employee for one incident of sexual harassment and threats on Facebook. After an incident at work in which the grievor was displeased with “X”, a female co-worker,...more

Florida Appellate Court: Open Meeting Law Applies to Collective Bargaining - The Florida Court Holds That a Mediation Settlement...

In a crucial victory for transparency, a Florida state appeals court ruled on Oct. 21, 2014, that the law will not "condone hiding behind federal mediation" when municipal governments try "to thwart the requirements of the...more

A Rare Judicial Look at the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act

The recent Part 8 decision in Hurley Palmer Flatt v Barclays Bank Plc considered the application of the Contract (Rights of Third Parties Act) 1999 (the Act) and whether a third party could rely on the contractual right to...more

Seventh Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt avoid hostility

For someone coming into Government contracting for the first time, one of the most difficult things to understand is the role that protests and disputes play in the Government contracting world. In the commercial sector, the...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Calls for More Specific Language in Arbitration Agreements

Although New Jersey public policy generally favors arbitration as a method of resolving disputes, following the New Jersey Supreme Court’s unanimous holding in Atalese v. U.S. Legal Services Group L.P., companies doing...more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Demands More from Website Operators Before Terms of Use Will Bind Users

The Ninth Circuit’s recent opinion in Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., No. 12–56628, August 18, 2014, US 9th Circuit, provides insight regarding courts’ treatment of Internet-based contracts of interest to those operating in...more

Legal Briefs: A Periodic Summary of Judicial Decisions Affecting Accounting and Financial Services Professionals - October 2014

The New Jersey District Court recently ruled that an economic damages expert retained by plaintiffs’ counsel in a class action was not entitled to any further compensation for his work. The facts in Rothstein v. Harstad...more

District Judge Orders LG Electronics To Arbitrate In TV Patent Suit

The Southern District of New York ordered LG Electronics Inc. to arbitrate with technology patent licensing company Wi-LAN Inc. a dispute over whether certain LG television models infringe patents LG does not own. The...more

George v. Anishinabek (Police Service): Ontario Court of Appeal Allows New, Dispositive Jurisdiction Argument to Be Raised on...

In his August 15, 2014 decision in George v. Anishinabek (Police Service), Justice Doherty, on behalf of a unanimous Ontario Court of Appeal, allowed an appellant to raise a dispositive jurisdictional argument on appeal, even...more

PAGA Claims and Arbitration – A Federal Court Parts Ways With Iskanian

The California Supreme Court’s decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transp. Los Angeles, LLC, held that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) except as to claims that...more

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