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Superior Court Upholds Retirement Board's Provision of Due Process Through Administrative Hearing Process

by Nossaman LLP on

Due process-based claims have taken center stage in several claims against some California public retirement systems of late. A recent ruling by the Superior Court for the County of Marin, however, held that the Board of...more

Is It Worth Fighting For (Recusal)?: The Tennessee Supreme Court Clarifies Judicial Canons on Personal Knowledge and Independent...

In 2012, Jeanie Holsclaw filed an action against Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Inc. for retaliatory discharge. Following several years of extensive discovery and the recusal of two trial judges, Ivy Hall sought to have a certified...more

'Perception of Bias, Impartiality & Justifiable Doubts': The Case of Arthur Aldcroft

by Reed Smith on

Whether arbitrations are administered or ad hoc, parties within certain industry sectors will often require disputes to be resolved by arbitrators from panels of professional associations, such as GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA or the...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Ongoing “Gatekeeper” Function in Respect of Expert Evidence

In its recent decision in Bruff-Murphy v. Gunawardena (Bruff-Murphy), the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Court) set aside a jury award and ordered a new trial on the basis that the trial judge did not correctly apply the...more

The Duty of Impartiality and Other Trustee Troubles

by Moskowitz LLP on

Trustees are accountable to both the current income beneficiaries and the remaindermen of a trust, and are often placed in the unenviable position of have to balance the interests of the two. A beneficiary may look forward to...more

U.S. Court Confirms London-Based Arbitral Award Against Belize, Finding Allegedly Partial Arbitrator Did Not Violate U.S. Public...

by Carlton Fields on

The D.C. Circuit recently upheld a district court order confirming a London-based arbitral award against the Belize government over objections that enforcement of that award would violate U.S. public policy regarding the...more

Final Disability Claims and Appeals Regulations – Be Prepared to Comply

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In December 2016, the Department of Labor issued final regulations under ERISA governing claims procedures for group disability plans, which will become effective January 1, 2018. Generally, these regulations were drafted to...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Rules on Director Independence"

The Delaware Supreme Court recently issued an important decision on the subject of director independence. In Sandys v. Pincus, No. 157, 2016 (Del. Dec. 5, 2016), the Delaware Supreme Court held that certain directors of...more

Reinsurance Arbitration Award Stands In Face Of Challenges To Rationality And Impartiality Of Decision

by Carlton Fields on

Yosemite Insurance Co. (“Yosemite”) lost its challenge to an arbitration award that found Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (“Nationwide”) was not required to cover a share of Yosemite’s settlement with the State of California...more

Politics and Impartiality = Oil and Water

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Sometimes, the simplest, local example teaches the deepest, global lesson – politics and impartiality do not mix. Under the blanketing fog of politics and internet delivered news, it’s easy to become confused and actually...more

Challenging Arbitrators for Alleged 'Conflict of Interest' in US-Based International Arbitrations

A number of significant international arbitrations, particularly involving claims by investors against sovereign states, are venued in Washington, D.C. A September 30, 2016, decision by the U.S. District Court for the...more

How the DOL’s Impartial Conduct Standard Affects Exemptions Used by Financial Services Companies

by Goodwin on

In conjunction with its issuance in April 2016 of a new regulation redefining the concept of “investment advice” for purposes of fiduciary status under ERISA and Section 4975 of the Code, the Department of Labor amended a...more

Turns Out the Second Circuit . . . Uh, Heh Heh . . . Tossed Gibson Dunn for a Very Good Reason

by Brooks Pierce on

So yesterday I wrote about the seemingly wrongheaded decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to strike Gibson Dunn’s appearance from Lynn Tilton’s case in that court. Its apparent issue was that Judge...more

Second Circuit Tosses Gibson Dunn from Lynn Tilton’s Case for Some Reason or Another

by Brooks Pierce on

You may know about Lynn Tilton’s fight with the SEC, which has accused (link is external) the Patriarch Partners chief of defrauding her investors. The SEC brought its case in administrative court (link is external), which...more

See You In Court! - July/August 2016

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Out of the blue, Nancy Newshound, longtime reporter for the Nutmeg Bugle called Mr. Superintendent. “I understand that a student hacked the district’s system and changed a bunch of grades,” she stated. “What can you tell me...more

Social Links—Twitter loosens up; case against Google stands; should millennials be in charge of big social media campaigns?

Here’s how Twitter is loosening up its 140-character limit. The federal government will now check the social media history of prospective employees before granting them security clearance....more

Judge in High-Profile Case Obtains Attorney Agreement Not to Engage in Juror Social Media Snooping

It seems that almost everyone uses social media today. Of course, this means that most every juror is a social media user, and that courts are dealing with the thorny questions that arise out of the proliferation of social...more

Something in the Water: Flint Judge Disqualifies Himself and Staff as Theoretical Plaintiffs

In late April, U.S. District Court Judge Mark A. Goldsmith, in Concerned Pastors for Social Action, et al. v. Nick A. Kouri, et al., FlintRiverissued an interesting Order Regarding Disqualification. During an April 6, 2016...more

Is Evidence of Juror Bias in Deliberations Admissible? Supreme Court to Decide

What happens in the jury room, stays in the jury room. Except when it doesn’t. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a Colorado man whose counsel learned, after the guilty verdict was rendered,...more

"Challenging the Selection of Party-Appointed Arbitrators"

As arbitration continues to be widely utilized in international commerce, the issue of how arbitrators should handle conflict checks, and who is suitable for appointment as arbitrator in complex cases, will remain a vital...more

Neutral arbitrators in sports: What makes it fair?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

"Neutrality has been defined as a state of mind, a certain distance that the arbitrator establishes vis-a-vis his or her legal, political and religious background.” It is not a concept that it necessarily grounded in...more

Question Everything…Except the Witness - Tips on Maintaining Impartiality From R. v. Crawford, 2015 ABCA 175

by Field Law on

On a frigid January night, Mr. Crawford was along for the ride when one of his companions—fuelled by alcohol and jealous suspicion, and armed with a completely ineffectual pellet gun—decided to steal a vehicle. Mr. Crawford...more

SCC Rules on Impartiality and Independence of Expert Witnesses

On April 30, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision in White Burgess Langille Inman v. Abbott and Haliburton Co. (White Burgess), relating to courts’ assessment of the impartiality and independence of...more

City of Waterbury v. Connecticut Alliance of City Police — A New Standard of Impartiality for Arbitrators in Interest...

The Superior Court’s decision in City of Waterbury v. Connecticut Alliance of City Police, could mark the emergence of a new standard of impartiality for party-selected arbitrators in Municipal Employee Relations Act [“MERA”]...more

SCC Clarifies Law on Admissibility of Expert Evidence

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court has released its decision in White Burgess Langille Inman v. Abbott and Haliburton (2015 SCC 23) in which it considered whether the standards for admissibility of expert evidence should take into account the...more

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