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Second Circuit Finds EEOC Investigation Not Subject to Review

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in the matter of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. (“Sterling Jewelers”), that the District Court erred by...more

The Alabama Supreme Court Allows a Second Bite at the Arbitration Apple

Could a failure to participate in a court-ordered arbitration be enough to waive a party’s right to arbitration? A recent decision of the Alabama Supreme Court suggests it is not. In 2010, Yan Chen entered into a lease...more

2015 International Arbitration Survey: Improvements and Innovations in International Arbitration

International arbitration is constantly evolving in response to the changing needs of its users. Its adaptability and party-driven nature allow for a system and processes that can be tailored as required. Stakeholders at all...more

New Rules Make Construction Arbitration More Attractive

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) implemented new Construction Industry Arbitration Rules this past summer. The changes eliminate certain gaps or ambiguities in the old rules, create some additional tools with which...more

La Loi Macron est entrée en vigueur: beaucoup de bruit pour pas grand-chose?

Cette loi apporte des ajustements mais pas de bouleversements dans plusieurs pans du droit social français. Après des mois de discussions ardues, la Loi pour la croissance, l'activité et l'égalité des chances économiques...more

An Employee Stole Your Trade Secrets but You Cannot Prove It. Now What?

Consider the following, relatively uncommon scenario: an employee stole your trade secrets and went to work for a competitor. You know the employee did it, you just cannot prove it. Even with the best forensic analysis it is...more

New Administrative Orders Amend Procedures for Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases Pending in the Middle District of Florida

Prior to September 1, 2015, procedures in consumer chapter 13 bankruptcy cases varied greatly across the divisions of the Middle District of Florida, creating vastly different workflows for creditors and attorneys with cases...more

New Impasse-Busting Techniques – Part 2

I have recently discovered some additional, impasse-busting techniques for your consideration when the negotiating process grinds to a halt. The Mediator’s Bracket - This is a useful technique in both early and late...more

Employee Fairly Dismissed for Facebook Comments Posted Two Years Earlier

What happened? In Smith v British Waterways Board the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) decided that an employee was fairly dismissed for posting derogatory and disparaging comments on Facebook despite the comments being...more

AAA Revises Construction Arbitration Rules

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures (“Rules”) as of July 1, 2015. Many of the changes are designed to streamline the arbitration process,...more

The Art of the Apology: Saying “Sorry” in the Workplace

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is quickly approaching. While most people know that Jews are supposed to fast on that holiday (and ask G-d for forgiveness for their sins), one of the other traditions of the holiday is that...more

Energy Future Holdings – Another Major Success for Chapter 11 Mediation?

Mediation has become an invaluable tool in large chapter 11 cases. Traditionally viewed as a means for resolving discrete disputes between a debtor’s estate and an adversary party, in recent years mediation in certain complex...more

Construction Law Advisory - August 2015

Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) is a powerful tool for contractors and subcontractors to ensure that they receive prompt payment for their work and may entitle them to expansive remedies,...more

AAA Issues Revised Rules for Arbitration in Construction Industry Disputes

The American Arbitration Association recently updated its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures, effective July 1, 2015. There are six new rules, some of which are borrowed from litigation...more

“Discussing inappropriate personal matters at work”, aggressive conduct, gets employee fired for cause

An employee on a “last-chance” agreement was fired for cause for his “aggressive, condescending and rude” behaviour including discussing sensitive personal matters at work. The employee had worked at the company for 28...more

Important Changes to the AAA Construction Industry Mediation and Arbitration Rules

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) is one of the primary providers of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration, in the United States. Many construction contracts call for disputes to be...more

New OSHA Directive to Assist in Early Resolution of Whistleblower Complaints

On August 19, 2015, OSHA issued new policies and procedures (Compliance Directive: CPL 02-03-006) for applying a new process for resolving whistleblower disputes. This directive is OSHA’s attempt to institute an early...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

American Arbitration Association Revises Construction Industry Rules and Mediation Procedures

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) recently revised its Construction Industry Rules and Mediation Procedures (Rules). The revised Rules, which took effect on July 1, 2015, are intended to provide a more efficient and...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 and Mentoring

WAYNE THORPE: Can you tell us how you went about making the transition from being a practicing lawyer to a full-time neutral? MICHAEL YOUNG: About seven to eight years into my career as a lawyer, in 1985 or 1986, I was...more

Mediation – Is the Joint Session Still Alive?

Most lawyers are familiar with the ordinary sequence of a mediation. Typically, the mediator conducts a pre-mediation call with the lawyers and sometimes the parties, introducing everyone to the mediation process and inviting...more

Insurance Recovery Law - August 2015

Insured's Notice to Broker Satisfied Policy Requirements, Illinois Court Rules - Why it matters: An insured's notice to its broker satisfied the policy's notice requirements, an Illinois appellate panel recently...more

What Every Contractor Needs To Know About Mediation

A generation ago, mediation of construction disputes was unusual. Today, it is rare that a construction claim goes to trial without some effort at mediation first. Indeed, a substantial percentage of construction contracts...more

Eight Things You Need to Know About the AAA’s New Construction Arbitration Rules

I just finished a construction arbitration this past week, which also explains my sporadic posts as of late, sorry. Coincidentally, on July 1, 2015, the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) implemented their newly...more

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