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Federal Arbitration Case Update | Compelling and Appealing

Following are two recent federal court rulings related to arbitration. Acknowledgement of Dispute Resolution Policy Sufficient to Compel Arbitration of Retaliation Claim - Ashbey v. Archstone Property Management, Inc…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Enforcing Arbitration Agreements: The Choice of Procedural Law

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applies generally to most arbitration agreements, but parties can choose to have the procedural law of the place of arbitration apply instead. On many issues, there is no material difference…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Consolidation and Conflict in the Health Care Industry

The health care industry has experienced a significant increase in consolidations among providers of facilities and services alike. From drugs to devices to service providers, 2014 saw the largest consolidation within the health…more
| Health, Mergers & Acquisitions

“Getting to Yes” by Way of “I’m Sorry”: Settling Employment Discrimination Claims with Apologies

Apologies are difficult. By expressing regret and accepting responsibility for a harmful act, the person apologizing transfers “power” from him- or herself to the person receiving the apology. Parties negotiating settlement want…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

A Pregnant Pause: Using ADR to Resolve Pregnancy-Related Workplace Issues

A recent case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, Young v. UPS (issued March 25, 2015), caught the attention of many women and employers as well. In Young, the Court interpreted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), in…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

There Are No Do-Overs in Mediation

Most mediations begin and end in a single day. As much as the parties would benefit from a leisurely pace to explore all the factual and legal issues, today’s practice is to schedule only one day, or even a half-day, to mediate…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts

IP Dispute Resolution Review Newsletter, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The New “Clear Error” Standard of Review in Patent Infringement Mediation - Trademark Trial Appeal Board Decisions Now Have Preclusive Effect - Engaging Panelists for Neutral Analysis Provides…more
| Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Federal Case Update| Mail and Carrier

Court Dashes Postmaster General’s Hopes That New Argument to Avoid Administrative Arbitration, Not Raised Below, Is Unwaivable Because It Goes to Subject-Matter Jurisdiction - Ruiz v. Donahoe - 2015 WL 1811810…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Mediation Impasse-Busting Techniques

There comes a time in every mediation when negotiations reach an impasse. Negotiations can stall at the outset of a mediation when the parties are unwilling to bargain with one another either because “it is the other side’s…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

JAMS Employment Matters Newsletter, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - You Can’t Fire Me... I’m on FMLA - The Rise in Pregnancy-Related Employment Discrimination Claims - Addressing Emotions That Drive Disparate Views of Fairness - Unpaid Interns Gain…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Federal Arbitration Case Update | Bound and Determined

Owner Not Bound by Arbitration Clause in Engagement Agreement between Contractor and Law Firm - Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi v. King Construction - 2015 WL 1379980 - United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Health

ADR Is on the Rise in Employment Cases

While there is a long history of utilizing arbitration in the labor union context, the majority of employment disputes have historically been litigated in federal court. Federal courts tend to be more formal than state courts,…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Federal Employment Case Update | Pizza and Beer

Members of Certified Class Lack Standing to Challenge Class Arbitration Ban - Conners v. Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria - United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit - When Jacqueline Conners brought a class…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Mediation: Confidentiality and Enforceability

An essential element of a successful mediation is confidentiality. Participants to a mediation must be able to rely on the confidentiality of the process if they are going to be candid with the mediator about their settlement…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Privacy

Federal Court Case Update | Filings and Firings

Following is the start of a new series on the JAMS ADR Blog, featuring short synopses of recent case rulings related to arbitration or ADR. We’re excited to share this information as we know this is an area that will be of…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law
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