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Simser v. Aviva.

The Appeal decision in Simser v. Aviva (Appeal P13-00004) was recently released by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) on January 9, 2014. The appeal concerned clause 3(7)(e) of the Statutory Accident...more

Simser v. Aviva.

The Appeal decision in Simser v. Aviva (Appeal P13-00004) was recently released by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) on January 9, 2014. The appeal concerned clause 3(7)(e) of the Statutory Accident...more

Compelling Evidence, Burden of Proof, and the Minor Injury Guideline: Belair and Scarlett (Appeal)

The long-awaited appeal decision in Belair Insurance Company Inc. and Scarlett was recently released. - Mr. Scarlett was injured in an accident on September 18, 2010 in which he suffered sprains and strains. He also...more

Class Action Quarterly - Winter 2013, Volume 2, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Is the Ascertainability “Requirement” Plaintiffs’ New Foe? - Whirlpool and Butler: Liability-Only Classes in a Post-Comcast World - Recent Cases of Note - Excerpt from Is the Ascertainability...more

Section 128.7 Sanctions Not Available Following Arbitration

When a client has obtained a defense verdict, judgment or arbitration award, they will frequently ask what recourse they have to recover attorney’s fees and costs obtained in defending against the claims. In California,...more

Too poor to arbitrate, but rich enough to litigate???

Yesterday the Arizona Court of Appeals decided a case that stands to undo the efficacy of arbitration agreements of all kinds in Arizona, including those found in the employment setting. Clark v. Renaissance West, LLC (Az....more

Insurer's request for Neuropsychological Assessment is reasonably necessary and fair

Two recent decisions from FSCO have found that an Insurer’s request for a neuropsychological assessment is reasonably necessary and fair. The factors to consider in making this determination include...more

NJ Supreme Court Requires Settlement at Mediation to Be Memorialized in Writing

The New Jersey Supreme Court has issued a ruling in Willingboro Mall v. Franklin Avenue, LLC that when settlement is reached at a mediation, the terms of the settlement must be memorialized in writing before the mediation...more

In Site Spring 2013

Welcome to the Spring edition of In Site. This edition covers the following topics: - A brief overview of the “Jackson cost reforms” to civil litigation which came into force on 1 April 2013 - A note of the...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: International Arbitration: Chevron Tribunal Declares Ecuador in Breach of Interim Awards

On February 7, 2013, an investment arbitration tribunal issued its third interim measures award in the Chevron vs. Ecuador case. The tribunal found Ecuador in breach of its previous award ordering Ecuador to take all measures...more

What's In A Word? N.C. Court of Appeals Invalidates Nursing Home Arbitration Clause Based on Language of the Agreement

Many nursing homes and assisted living communities commonly include arbitration agreements as part of their admission agreement and documents. Typically, these agreements require residents or their legal surrogates to...more

Confessions of an adrenaline addict and trial lawyer

Adrenaline and its effects is the crushing elephant in the room of every courthouse across the country. Lawyers strung out on adrenaline are crowding our courtrooms with lawsuits that never end, disputes that never get...more

Could Arbitration Of Cost-Prohibitive State Law Claims Be Compelled While Similar Federal Claims Stay In Court?

A recent decision from a federal district court in Tennessee raises a discrepancy in how the courts treat arbitration agreements that hinder a plaintiff’s state law and federal law claims. Cases under the FAA state that...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Declines to Compel Arbitration of Tort Claims Despite Broad Arbitration Clause

Among the basic principles in arbitration law are: (1) courts should favor and defer where possible to a valid arbitration clause and (2) an arbitration clause that intends to arbitrate “any dispute” “arising out of or in...more

Survival, Wrongful Death, and Agreements to Arbitrate

At least in theory, the days are long gone in most jurisdictions when courts were openly hostile to arbitration. Nevertheless, petitions to arbitrate are a frequent battleground between plaintiffs and defendants. On Thursday,...more

How to Use Technology Effectively in Mediation

Recently, I co-presented a CLE webinar on "Technology for Better Mediation" along with two San Francisco trial attorneys, Miles Cooper of Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, and Jeff Smith of Abramson Smith Waldsmith. This post...more

Wrongful Death

UPDATED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 Product Liability – Tobacco. In an action by individual class member, did the trial court err in application of finding reached by jury and affirmed by Florida Supreme Court in class...more

Show and tell: up until trial, the adjuster and defense lawyer are your jurors

The mediator, just finished with the preliminaries, turns to the plaintiff’s lawyer. “Anything you’d like to say to the other side while we’re all here?” The plaintiff’s lawyer responds. “We’ve said pretty much...more

What Attorneys Need to Know About the Cal. Supreme Court’s Important Ruling on Animation Admissibility

On Monday, the California Supreme Court issued a thoughtful opinion that finally provides strong guidance on the use of animations in trial, affirming their proper place in supporting expert testimony. The decision People v....more

Eight Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

Community Finance Group, Inc., et al. v. Republic of Kenya, et al., No. 11-1816 (8th Cir. 2011), decided an FSIA case with practical implications for international dispute resolution practitioners. ...more

The Beauty of Data: How to Use Adobe Illustrator with Excel to Show Complex Data for Litigation

Most people don’t find data beautiful, but it really can be. I am definitely not talking about endless pages of numbers, but rather about data that is visualized in an appealing manner, which actually can be an exciting and...more

What Trial Lawyers Can Learn From a Songwriter to Strengthen Their Case

At the American Society of Trial Consultants annual conference in New Orleans last week, I had the opportunity to be on a panel discussion about social media and blogging for the legal profession. There, I saw one of the...more

ADR Neutrals Can Be Utilized with New ESI Rules

ARTICLE ABSTRACT Changes are coming to existing rules and specifically include amendments to address ESI within Florida Civil Procedure Rules 1.200, 1.201, 1.280, 1.340, 1.350, 1.380 and 1.410 of the Florida Rules of Civil...more

Eleventh Circuit Determines That Some But Not All Claims Must Be Arbitrated

Jane Doe v. Princess Cruse Lines, Ltd., Jane Doe v. Princess Cruse Lines, Ltd., No. 10-10809 (11th Cir. 2011), addresses the important necessity of careful corporate drafting of international arbitration provisions, a topic...more

When and Why Your Case Needs an Animation for Litigation

More often than not, litigating a case boils down to persuasively explaining your theory of what happened. The best way often is to create a 3D animation. Nothing is more powerful to enhance the visualization and...more

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