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Nonresidential Condominium Bill Becomes Law

Last week Governor Rick Scott signed into law SB 440, which became Chapter 2014-14 of Florida Laws. This bill removes the requirements imposed on residential condominiums under the Florida Condominium Act regarding elections...more

Collateral Estoppel Sinks LLC Members' Claim

It might seem uncontroversial that the members of a limited liability company cannot follow with a personal lawsuit for injuries after their LLC litigates, and loses, claims based on the same issues. But it took the Business...more

Arbitration Act 1996 Section 42: Neither a rubber stamp nor a licence to revisit

Section 42 of the Arbitration Act 1996 acts as an effective, although rarely used, mechanism to enforce a recalcitrant party to comply with an arbitrator's peremptory order. But how deep into the merits of a peremptory order...more

Business Litigation Reporter

We are pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter. This unique publication provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation...more

Supreme Court Narrows Another Loophole for Escaping Arbitration

The U.S. Supreme Court holds that arbitration provisions waiving class actions must be rigrorously enforced, even when the cost of arbitrating on an indivdidual basis far exceeds the potential recovery....more

Let Us Now Praise Opposing Councel

But the Process can go a whole lot smoother and faster if the opposing counsel knows the area well enough to tell and advise the client as to the reality of the situation and reject spurious arguments that just waste...more

Arbitration Compelled Based On Unsigned Arbitration Agreement

If you were thinking that an arbitration agreement needs to be signed in order to get an order compelling arbitration, your world may have been turned on its ear by the Order from the Business Court last week in Morton v....more

Li v. Standard Fiber, LLC, C.A. No. 8191-VCN (Del. Ch. Mar. 28, 2013) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery stayed an action for advancement of legal fees and expenses, ruling that provisions in four separate agreements, when viewed together, demonstrated the parties’...more

The Role of Arbitration in International Business

International commercial arbitration is the most common method for resolving disputes arising from agreements between businesses in different countries. In this detailed presentation, Igor Ellyn, QC, an experienced...more

Authority To Enter Into Contract Is Issue For Courts, Not Arbitrators

The Third Circuit just issued a decision that tries to divine the dividing line between challenges to the formation of contracts containing arbitration clauses (which are presumptively for courts), and challenges to the...more

The Expansive Breadth and Scope of Arizona’s New Revised Uniform Arbitration Act

Recently, the Arizona Court of Appeals determined that under the 2010 Arizona Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, A.R.S. §12-3001, et seq. (the AZ-RUAA), a contractual agreement to arbitrate extends to: (i) arbitration of claims...more

Contracting Out Discovery Dispute Resolution

Special Masters are often appointed by courts in complex litigation to oversee discovery and resolve discovery disputes between litigants. Yes, they are an added expense, but their ability to quickly and efficiently resolve...more

District Court Rules that Individual LLC Member Is Third-Party Beneficiary and Bound by Arbitration Agreement

The US District Court for the Southern District of Florida confirmed that third-party beneficiaries of a contract containing an arbitration clause may be compelled to arbitrate their claims notwithstanding that the...more

Are Your Company’s Consumer Terms and Conditions Enforceable?

Internet giant Paypal recently joined Sony, Microsoft, and Netflix to become one of the latest major companies to include a provision banning consumer class actions in its terms of service. Such waivers now frequently appear...more

Lonely Conspirators: Antitrust Liability When Nobody Joins Your Conspiracy

The worst antitrust offenses involve conspiracies involving multiple actors. Hard-core offenses under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, such as price-fixing, market division, customer allocation, or bid-rigging, require...more

Developers May Require That Construction Defect Disputes Be Resolved Through Arbitration

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that developers – by including an arbitration provision under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in Homeowners’ Association Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (“CC&R’s”) – may...more

California Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Provision in Construction Defect Case

In our December 2011 Under Construction newsletter, we reported on the tendency of certain California courts to decline to enforce arbitration provisions in construction defect cases. See Arbitration in California...more

Legal Update: California Supreme Court Recognizes Enforceability of Mandatory Arbitration Clause Recorded in CC&Rs in Construction...

The California Supreme Court has issued its long anticipated decision in Pinnacle Museum Tower Association v. Pinnacle Market Development (U.S.), LLC, et al. The Court upheld a condominium developer’s ability to enforce a...more

Court Funding Cuts Suggest Need For Better Business Planning

The bad news for court funding in California continues. According to the Sacramento Business Journal, Governor Brown’s May revision of the State budget includes a $300 million cut in funding for trial courts and achieves...more

The Importance Of Recognizing And Responding To Legal Issues

An important skill set that corporate executives, managers and business owners need in order to effectively manage the risks of their operation is the ability to recognize and respond to legal issues in a timely manner....more

California Court Of Appeals Upholds Employer’s Arbitration Waiver

Can an employer require that its employees arbitrate employment law claims, rather than file lawsuits? Can an employer require that employees waive the right to take part in class action lawsuits or class arbitrations...more

Perils of Refusing to Mediate

Section 132(4) of the Condominium Act (the “Act”) provides that every declaration shall be deemed to contain a provision that the corporation and owners agree to submit a disagreement with respect to the declaration, by-laws...more

Variable Interest Entity (VIE) Structures Face Additional Scrutiny for Hong Kong Listing

Since its first use by Sina Corporation in 2000, the VIE structure has been widely adopted by many Chinese companies to attract foreign investment and complete offshore listings. While companies operating under VIE structure...more

Shareholders Remedies in Canada 2012

When advising business clients about doing business in Canada, lawyers must turn their minds not only to the kinds of corporate vehicles which Canadian law permits but also the remedies permitted if disputes arise. In this...more

JAMS Dispute Resolution Alert - Winter 2011

In This Issue: In Depth -- Delaware Business Court Arbitration Program Provides Fast Resolution Path for Fortune 500 Company Disputes; ADR Conversations -- A Q&A about new UNCITRAL Online Dispute Resolution Rules; ADR...more

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