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Signatories And Non-Signatories Denied Motions To Compel Arbitration

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and a federal district court in Michigan have each issued opinions on motions to compel arbitration. In the Michigan opinion, the court granted a motion for summary judgment, in favor of the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Decide Whether Wrongful Death Suits are Subject to Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court was recently asked to determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a state law rule that prohibits enforcement of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in certain wrongful death...more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (6/14)

In its order list for June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued opinions in eight cases and granted review in one case. In this post, I will summarize the opinions in four cases, and also describe the case in which the...more

Selective Way Ins. Co. v. Schulle, Western District of Virginia

The Western District of Virginia reaffirmed the standard for production of information during discovery, as well as the importance of fair mediation, in its recent decision of Selective Way Insurance Co. v. Schulle. ...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

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

Insurance And Reinsurance Newsletter - Italy

In This Issue: - NEW METHODS FOR NOTIFYING THE TAX REGISTER OF DATA CONCERNING CONTRACTS AND INSURANCE PREMIUMS – ITALIAN INLAND REVENUE MEASURES NO. 51770/2013 OF 30 APRIL 2013 - ILLEGAL DATA EXCHANGE AMONG...more

Williston v Hamilton (Police Service), 2013 ONCA 296

An insurer who refuses to participate in a mediation requested by a plaintiff in respect of a motor vehicle accident claim continues to risk increased exposure to costs. The Ontario Court of Appeal recently repeated that...more

Burr Alert: Case Summary Of Pulte Home Corp. v. Vermillion Homeowners Association

In a lawsuit alleging construction defects in homeowners’ individual townhomes, Florida's Second District Court of Appeal ruled that a homeowners’ association was bound by arbitration agreements between its members and the...more

Annual Review of Significant Cases Affecting Design Professionals

This annual update is to provide a review of the most significant decisions impacting design professionals. The cases will consider the following important issues: the effect contractual language has on a professional...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

Focused on Franchise Law - April 2013

In This Issue: Barry Kurtz and Bryan Clements Featured in Bar Association Publications; Franchisor 101:Out of Control - Franchisor Not Liable For Franchisee's Negligence; and, Franchisee 101: Improper Termination May Be A...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

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

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

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

International Law -- ADR hits Europe

While mediation is a process familiar to most U.S. attorneys, this alternative dispute resolution method is undergoing a significant evolution in the European Union, and specifically Italy. In particular, the concept of...more

Arbitration, Sales Reps and Personal Injury Claims

While it doesn’t involve a drug or device claim, James v. Conceptus, Inc., N. H-11-1183, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32434 (S.D. Tex. Mar. 12, 2012), does involve a device company, sales rep, arbitration clause, and a determination...more

US Supreme Court Rejects State Public Policy Grounds for Refusing to Enforce Arbitration Agreements Under the FAA

In Marmet Health Care Center, Inc. v. Brown, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overruled the West Virginia Supreme Court’s refusal to enforce a predispute arbitration agreement governed by the Federal...more

Marmet Health Care Center, Inc. v. Brown: Another Lesson in the FAA's Preemption

Ignoring established precedent from a superior tribunal is one way for a court to earn a sharp rebuke from a higher court. And that is precisely what happened in a consolidated decision today in Marmet Health Care Center,...more

Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Decision on FAA Preemption Overrules West Virginia High Court

On February 21, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a Per Curiam opinion, reinforced the preemption of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) with respect to all arbitration agreements governed by the statute. See Marmet Health...more

Appellate Update

Since Chief Justice John Roberts’ appointment in 2005, three more new justices have joined the United States Supreme Court—Justice Samuel Alito in 2006, Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2009, and Justice Elena Kagan last year....more

NY Court Rules Parent Corporations and Their Officers May Be Bound by Their Subsidiaries’ Arbitration Agreements

In January 2011, the Southern District of New York ruled that a parent corporation, as well as its officers and directors, may, in certain circumstances, be bound by an arbitration agreement entered into by its subsidiary....more

How California Attorneys Use Mediations to Settle Personal Injury, Business, Real Estate, Construction Disputes and Other Civil...

Any good mediation attorney or civil litigation lawyer in California knows how invaluable a tool mediations can be for resolving difficult disputes and litigation. This article examines how mediations can be utilized to...more

Bearss v City of Rutland

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The complaint is an example of a Section 1983 claim against a municipality for violation of an employees constitutional rights. ...more

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