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Covered or Not: Has Hartford v. Swift Opened a Faster Lane for Intellectual Property and Insurance Mediation?

The California Supreme Court recently issued its longawaited coverage decision in Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution, Inc., 59 Cal. 4th 277 (2014). The Court, applying California state law, upheld the trial...more

Arbitration Denied In Class Action Where Plaintiff’s Trust Was A Party To Arbitration Agreement, But Plaintiff Was Not

In a life settlement transaction, in which a life insurance policy is sold by its owner to another for more than its cash-surrender value but less than the net death benefit, the seller contended that the broker and purchaser...more

Arbitration is not just for those who have agreed…

We all know that public policy, legislation and the courts favor enforcement of agreements to resolve disputes by arbitration rather than litigation. The Federal Arbitration Act, and the states’ laws providing for...more

Alabama Confirms Arbitrators’ Grant of Judgment As A Matter of Law

Just as SCOTUS held its nose and confirmed an arbitration award it thought stunk in Sutter, the Supreme Court of Alabama has confirmed an arbitration award made after only the claimant presented evidence and grounded in a...more

Two N.C. Supreme Court Rulings in the Neighborhood

Today, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued opinions and rulings on petitions. Readers of this blog will find at least one of the opinions and one of the petition rulings interesting....more

NC Business Court Stays Arbitration Pending Ruling On Piercing The Veil Claim

The Order in Cold Springs Ventures, LLC v. Gilead Sciences, Inc., 2014 NCBC 10 is a procedural conundrum wrapped up in arbitration issues. The Plaintiffs in the Business Court are the respondents in a separate arbitration...more

Focused on Franchise Law - March 2014

FRANCHISOR 101: Franchisee Not Bound by Arbitration Provision - In March 2013, Edison Subs, LLC, a Subway franchisee/transferee, filed a complaint in New Jersey against Subway and Aliya Patel (the original...more

Concepcion and Amex Head South: In North Carolina Your Class Arbitration Waiver May Now Be Enforced Despite the State’s 2008...

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently declared the enforceability of class arbitration waivers despite the North Carolina Supreme Court’s previous decision in Tillman v. Commercial Credit Loans, Inc., 362 N.C. 93, 655...more

Utica And Century Ordered To Mandatory Mediation In Reinsurance Dispute

Utica Mutual Insurance Company brought an action in 2013 against Century Indemnity Company (itself and against certain of its named predecessors) for breach of contract and breach of the duty of utmost good faith, as well as...more

Washington Insurance Law - 2013 Year in Review

2013 was a particularly eventful year in Washington insurance law. This paper summarizes the holdings of several notable Washington insurance decisions that were filed in 2013. Bad Faith - Attorney-Client...more

Best Practices for Choosing and Using Experts

A presentation examining Best Practices for Choosing and Using Experts....more

Federal District Court Compels Arbitration Of Debt Collection Robosigning Suit

On July 12, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that members of a putative class must arbitrate their claims against creditors for allegedly unlawful debt collection practices individually....more

Third parties and arbitration agreements: Fortress Value v Blue Skye (United Kingdom)

In the recent case of Fortress Value Recovery Fund I LLC and others v Blue Skye Special Opportunities Fund LP and others1 the English Court of Appeal considered the relationship between the Arbitration Act 1996 and the...more

Arbitrator’s Creative IP Remedy Upheld Because It Furthered “General Aims Of Agreement”

In a dispute over whether an arbitrator has authority to grant a video game developer and publisher a perpetual license in the intellectual property as a remedy for the developer’s fraud and breaches of contract, the Fifth...more

Seventh Circuit Is Sick Of Arbitration Appeals; Threatens “High Risk Of Sanctions”

In an opinion released yesterday, the Seventh Circuit schooled appellant’s counsel first on the application of the New York Convention and Panama Convention, then on the high standard of review it applies to commercial...more

Can You Be Forced to Arbitrate Even If You Didn’t Sign the Underlying Arbitration Agreement?

Can You Be Forced to Arbitrate Even If You Didn’t Sign the Underlying Arbitration Agreement? by Joel N. Kreizman on January 16, 2013 To the surprise of many New York and New Jersey businesses, the answer may be yes....more

US Supreme Court Upholds Arbitrators Authority to Decide the Validity of a Non-Compete Clause in an Arbitration Agreement

The US Supreme Court recently vacated a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, holding that the national policy favoring arbitration found in the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) and supporting case law, a policy which...more

Valuing A Litigation Claim

Law firms are increasingly using a multitude of factors to value cases. Valuation provides the parties a better means to identify the issues in litigation, discuss which ones are in dispute, and calculate a logical...more

Loss Aversion in Settlement Negotiations

Settlement negotiations regarding legal claims can generally be successful only if discussions lead to a compromise which leaves both parties fearful that litigation may lead to a result potentially far worse. When there are...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

US Supreme Court Upholds Arbitrators Authority to Decide the Validity of a Non-Compete Clause in an Arbitration Agreement

The US Supreme Court recently vacated a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, holding that the national policy favoring arbitration found in the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) and supporting case law, a policy which...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - October 2012

In This Issue: - Editors' Overview - Prospects for Avoiding ERISA Class Actions with Arbitration Agreements - Rulings, Filings, and Settlements of Interest ...more

Summer 2012 Litigation Update

This is a summary of litigation results for the first half of 2012, including commercial real estate litigation, breach of contract litigation, business tort litigation, and shareholder litigation....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

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