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An Arbitration Agreement That Attempts to Skew a Statutory Arbitration Scheme Is Void as Against Public Policy

Federal public policy favors arbitration and the broad interpretation and enforcement of arbitration agreements. So how can an arbitration agreement be held by a court to be void as against public policy? One answer from a...more

Your Patient Intake Forms May Need a Checkup

On January 27, 2017, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that a physician and his practice could not enforce an arbitration agreement against a patient where the physician and his practice did not make full disclosure to...more

NC Fiduciaries Have a Duty to Explain Arbitration Agreements in Contracts

The Supreme Court of North Carolina recently issued an opinion that could have a substantial impact on the enforceability of arbitration agreements when a fiduciary relationship exists, particularly in the context of consumer...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh In On the Use of Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

In yet another recent legal development regarding the use of arbitration agreements by nursing home owners and operators in connection with nursing home claims by residents against the nursing home, the United States Supreme...more

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal Upholds the Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements in Disputes with Nursing Homes...

For the second time in less than a month, a Florida appellate court addressed the issue of arbitration agreements and their enforceability as it relates to disputes residents of nursing homes may have with the nursing home. ...more

Recent Blows to the Use of Forced Arbitration Agreements by Florida Nursing Homes

The Florida Supreme Court and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (“CMS”) recently dealt two blows to the use of arbitration agreements by nursing homes for any disputes they may have with their residents in...more

Interesting Issues In Legal Ethics

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, spoke at the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Ethics Seminar on September 30, 2016, and presented “Interesting Issues In Legal Ethics.” The presentation...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Dispute To Proceed In Court After Arbitration Dismissed For Failure To Pay Deposit

In mid-June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion which holds that where an arbitration proceeding is dismissed because one side is unable to pay their share of the arbitration, the case may...more

Is Refusal To Pay Fees A Way Out Of Arbitration?

The 9th Circuit recently allowed a claimant to proceed in court after her arbitration had been terminated due to her  failure to pay half the arbitration fees. Tillman v. Tillman, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 3343785 (9th Cir. June...more

Plaintiff Who Could Not Afford to Pay for Arbitration Was Allowed to Pursue Her Malpractice Action in Court

Tillman adv. Rheingold Firm, No. 13-56624, 2016 BL 190432 (9th Cir. June 15, 2016) - Brief Summary - A former client who had agreed to arbitrate disputes with her lawyers, but ultimately could not afford to pay the...more

Business Litigation Reporter - February 2016

Confidentiality Agreement Must be Expressly Preserved in New Employment Agreement. The decision in Meschino v. Frazier Industrial Co., 2015 WL 7295463, at *1 (D. Mass. Nov. 18, 2015) (Stearns, J.), underscores that an...more

Georgia Appellate Court Holds Malpractice Coverage Suit Must Be Arbitrated

The Court of Appeals of Georgia recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling compelling arbitration in a malpractice coverage dispute. McLarens Young International Inc. (McLarens) and American Safety Casualty Insurance Company...more

Whoops - Legal Malpractice Prevention - Enforcing ADR Provisions in Fee Agreements

Attorneys and law practices have been experimenting with strategies to collect unpaid client fees while limiting the risk of malpractice claims. One approach involves the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)...more

Party Waived Untimely Defense To Arbitration, Notwithstanding Party’s Claim That Counsel Committed Malpractice

The court confirmed an arbitration decision awarding damages in favor of workers compensation insurers against various insured employee-staffing companies. One of the defendant companies contended that it never executed the...more

Between Scylla and Charybids: The Mediation Privilege and Legal Malpractice Claims

I attended a mediation earlier this month in a real estate case. I won’t say more through because . . . well . . . it’s confidential. The confidentiality of mediations and of settlement discussions generally – the idea...more

Mediation Confidentiality Statute Bars Malpractice Claim Where Breach Allegedly Occurred During Mediation

In Amis v. Greenberg Traurig LLP (No. B248447 - filed March 18, 2015), Division Three of the Second District Court of Appeal held that a malpractice plaintiff cannot circumvent mediation confidentiality by advancing...more

Mediation Confidentiality Bars Malpractice Claim but for How Long?

The California Court of Appeal yesterday upheld application of the mediation confidentiality statutes to bar a malpractice action which was based on the attorneys’ actions during mediation. John Amis vs. Greenberg Traurig...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - What Employers Need to Know about Mediation and Arbitration [Audio]

If you own a business, chances are one day you will likely be sued by a disgruntled employee, a customer or a vendor. But the solution may not be found in the courtroom. In this week's Polsinelli Podcast, William B. Hill, Jr....more

The enforceability of a trust accounting clause’s failure-to-object provision (the non-judicial settlement of trustees’ accounts)

It is common for the accounting clause of an inter vivos trust instrument to contain a provision along the lines of the following: “The written approval of such an account by the person or persons thus entitled to such...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

District Court Declines To Consolidate Disputes Arising Out Of Two Reinsurance Contracts

Plaintiff Georgia Casualty & Surety Company entered into two reinsurance contracts with Defendant Excalibur Reinsurance Corporation, formerly known as PMA Capital Insurance Company. Both reinsurance contracts contained...more

Mandatory arbitration costs are properly assessed to law firm

In Roldan v. Callahan & Blaine, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided a unique case illustrating California’s public policy of ensuring a litigant’s access to the justice system. The case...more

Mediation and the Professional Liability Dispute

Involved in a legal malpractice or professional liability dispute? As you are likely aware, it is common for a legal malpractice claim to be countered by a fee claim by the lawyer defendant arising out of the former...more

Reinsurance Redux - May 2013

In This Issue: - District of New Jersey Stays Medical Malpractice Suit Pending Arbitration: Finding that a dispute between a medical malpractice insurer and a reinsurance underwriter fell squarely within the...more

Law Firm Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses: A Higher Standard Required?

Should law firms be required to meet heightened standards before they are able to contract with clients to arbitrate malpractice lawsuits? If so, how high should these standards be? ...more

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