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Workers’ Compensation Mediation – What Employers Need to Know

The costs of civil litigation, and uncertainties of a jury trial, have turned mediation into its own cottage industry. Now more than ever, parties involved in civil suits will voluntarily agree to mediate the dispute, with...more

Publication of the 3rd edition of the SCMA Rules

In October 2015 the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) published the third edition of its arbitration rules. Notable revisions include wider powers for the tribunal to require security for costs, increased...more

Recent Developments: Dispute Resolution What you need to know

Welcome to this edition of Allen & Overy’s Recent Developments –‘What you need to know’. The purpose of this alert is to keep you updated on the recent legal developments relevant to your industry, and let you know...more

Make the Most of Your Mediation – The Personal Injury Case

Doesn’t it seem like all personal injury cases should settle at mediation? Due to the mountain of available data, there is much more predictability with the outcome of PI cases than with other civil cases. Yet it still...more

Dispute Resolution Options in Asia – Expanding the Menu: Arbitration, Mediation and Singapore’s New International Commercial Court

In the past five years, the international dispute resolution landscape in Asia has evolved at a rapid pace. Singapore and Hong Kong have emerged as leading global centres for dispute resolution, and have been at the forefront...more

Litigation Alert: Washington Supreme Court Clears Up Ambiguity on "Holder" versus "Owner" of Secured Notes

The Washington Supreme Court, sitting en banc, affirmed in Brown v. Washington State Department of Commerce the Department of Commerce’s denial of a mediation request under the Foreclosure Fairness Act (FFA) made by a...more

Washington Supreme Court Clarifies Mandatory Mediation Program Exemption – Holders Score a Washington Victory

The servicer community recently scored an important victory in an opinion issued by the en banc Washington Supreme Court. The decision — Brown v. Wash. State Dep’t. of Commerce, — clarifies the scope of the small lender...more

Employment Matters Newsletter, Fall 2015

With Experimental Benefits Come Additional Legal Considerations - Corporate experimentation, combined with innovative employment practices designed to promote more flexible work environments, may be transformative. These...more

This Evidentiary Privilege May Stop At The Border

Unlike other states, California’s rules of evidence are found in statutes, not court rules.  This is not simply a legal curiosity.   The statutory basis of California’s “rules” of evidence have real world implications....more

Importance of Neutrality

October 12 kicked off the 2015 ABA Mediation Week. This year’s theme is “Mediation: Successes, Challenges, Trends and the Next Generation: Looking to the past, present and future.” Lawyers and mediators understand both the...more

Mediation plus: Don’t leave money on the table - Two approaches to modifying mediation in difficult-to-settle cases

Mediation is the most widely used ADR approach today and has been for the past generation. In the course of becoming widespread it has also become predictable. It has become predictable that last month one party told me a...more

Let’s Settle This PI Case! - When it comes to personal injury mediation, there are no “rules” but there are mistakes

A well-regarded plaintiff personal injury attorney asked me why he was having trouble settling cases at mediation. Although my experience in mediation is that the cases are settling, discussions with others suggest there are...more

[Webinar] Arbitration and Other Forms of ADR - Oct. 20th, 12:00pm CDT

In the general course of commercial real estate, conflicts will be resolved, one way or another. Is litigation the only solution? No, the parties to the dispute do have other options: arbitration and other forms of...more

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

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