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Is a FSCO Arbitration Backlog Developing?

Listening to the news about the cresting flood waters in Manitoba, I am reminded about the flood of accident benefit disputes making its way through Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO)....more

Insurance Coverage – Bad Faith – Uninsured Motorist Arbitration

Ted Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 27, 2014) - When an auto insurer and the insured cannot agree on the value of an uninsured motorist claim, either...more

California Court Allows Uninsured Motorist Bad Faith Suit to Proceed

In its recent decision in Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 564 (Cal. App. June 27, 2014), the California Court of Appeals for the Second Appellate District had occasion to consider whether an...more

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

Claim Against Solicitors Summarily Dismissed by Reason of Advocate's Immunity

Advocate's immunity is a valuable defence for solicitors and barristers preventing the re-litigation of disputes by disgruntled litigants. The recent decision of Stillman v Rushbourne [2014] NSWSC, in which we acted for the...more

Condominium Construction Defects Legislation Introduced

Proposed legislation to reduce the cost of construction defect claims and encourage condominium construction has been introduced in the Colorado legislature. The long-awaited bill, Senate Bill 14-220, sponsored by Sen. Jessie...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

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

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