What have we learned from the mediators working tirelessly to promote the institutional and cultural changes necessary to implement mediation within their home countries?
You may recall that the US Supreme Court last term in Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer and White Sales, Inc. rejected a “wholly groundless” exception to its general principles allocating arbitrability issues between court and arbitrator.
The Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI) has revised its Rules of Mediation, effective July 1, 2019.
Nursing homes are now able to have protection and a clear plan with arbitration agreements.
The obligation to arbitrate survives the termination of your services and is indefinite.
On Friday, the Supreme Court of Texas agreed to consider whether the San Antonio River Authority must arbitrate a dispute related to the costs associated with a $10 million dam project.
US Sup Ct Grants Review to Decide Whether New York Convention Permits Non-Signatory to Compel International Arbitration on Equitable Estoppel Grounds
The dispute addresses whether, under the New York Convention, a non-signatory can compel arbitration.
This article when the court stated an unconscionability claim failed because the arbitration requirement was made clear to readers of the subscriber agreement.
I wish to add to Michael Leathes’ recent post on his suggestion that more field-based research be done into the mediation product and Rick Weiler’s follow-up.
There are approximately eight different ways to morally disengage, and I examine how this related to the NFL.
ADR is growing, with more than 300 providers doing business in China and arbitration being regularly used.
It’s not often that an excellent court simply misconstrues — or worse ignores — relevant state statutes and superseding federal law.
The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston recently declined to enforce an arbitration clause in the Container Store’s loyalty program against blind customers.
I just finished conducting a mediation (lemon law) which did not settle. And I think I know the reason.
This discusses the article "Inside the Mind of the Client."
This article discusses topics that often come up in Evaluative Mediation trainings: A selected number can be included in a course on evaluative mediation, and exercises used to assist “learning” of those topics.
The high court's opinion will resolve a split among the Circuit Courts of Appeal regarding whether a court may decide the issue of arbitrability in situations where the arbitration claim is groundless.
There was a time, not long ago, when those who found themselves in a dispute had two basic choices: They could either file a lawsuit/initiate some formal complaint process or they could just walk away from the conflict and try to move on.
Do you use an angry voice to communicate or give instructions when a firm, even voice would do the job just as well?
Except in “bet the company” circumstances, extensive discovery, dispositive motions, expert reports, and hearing costs are making courthouse litigation cost prohibitive.
One of the issues before the Supreme Court right nowis particularly interesting.
The Supreme Court of Texas has ruled that a payday lender did not waive its right to compel arbitration against the company’s defaulting customers.
The ICC Mediation Competition in Paris, and the growing number of others like it, are contributing to a change in the way disputes are going to be resolved in the future.
This article discusses the decision holding that disputes between a putative criminal defendant and a private company contracted by a prosecutor pursuant to a criminal diversion process are not subject to arbitration.
Several bills have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate this year that touch upon arbitration or mediation.
In addition to the usual high level of discourse and the unparalleled opportunity to meet new friends and keep the old, this particular Forum offered the additional opportunity to reassess the extraordinary richness of Singapore as a world center for international commerce and commercial dispute resolution.
the NFL filed a motion to confirm the arbitrator’s decision in the Southern District of New York – the same court that upheld Tom Brady’s suspension following the so-called “Deflategate” controversy.
Two recently released survey reports measure the pervasive use of arbitration to resolve workplace disputes.
When ABBA launched “The Winner Takes It All” in 1980, modern arbitration was still in its infancy.
Most of us don’t go to the symphony to watch the conductor or to a sporting event to see the referees in action, but imagine the chaos without their participation.
The problem of access to and maintenance of the secrecy of contracts or contract terms that are “confidential” by agreement is a common one in litigation.
Accountability of ADR practitioners is important to ensure the credibility and effectiveness of ADR processes.
As practitioners and clients alike are well aware, international arbitration is not without its risks.
In his journal article, Professor Bradford discusses creating a simplified online arbitration remedy to be used in situations where crowdfunding fraud has occurred.
Following two successful editions of the IBA-VIAC Consensual Dispute Resolution Com-petition in Vienna, Dispute Resolution literally went international again in its 3rd generation in July 2017.
This article describes the cultural, economic and structural changes in the legal and business communities that have transposed “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (ADR) from a “cross-practice” which litigators engage in when they are contractually required or court-ordered to do so to a fully-integrated but increasingly separate and distinct set of dispute resolution services to be offered by law firms or other private “Dispute Resolution Firms”, “Groups”, and “Individual Professionals”.
Elizabeth Chika Tippett, Associate Professor and Conflict & Dispute Resolution Program Faculty Co-Director at the University of Oregon School of Law, and Bridget Schaaff, University of Oregon School of Law, have published “Misclassification in the Sharing Economy: It’s the Arbitration Agreements.”
“I want my day in court.” This is one of the most frequent desires and sentiments expressed by a new client in our initial conversation about their legal dispute.
This article gives an excerpt from Tom Stipanowich's reflections on the mediation field.
When discussing different forms of conflict intervention, the various processes are sometimes listed in order of increasing party control.
A few months ago we posted disconcerting news of a dissatisfied party to a California arbitration who, rather than seeking to vacate the award pursuant to state or federal arbitration statutes, sued the arbitrator and the service provider, alleging that the arbitrator’s qualifications had been misrepresented on the provider’s website.
Studies demonstrated that wealthier people are far less likely to donate to charity if the appeal comes as something “for the greater good”.
In a very unsurprising decision, the Supreme Court ruled 7-1 that a Kentucky nursing home can enforce contracts signed residents’ relatives that required all disputes involving the nursing home to arbitration.
Alan S. Rau, Mark G. and Judy G. Yudof Chair of Law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, has published “The Agreement to Arbitrate and the ‘Applicable Law’.”
An “unnatural” disposition in a decedent’s will can cause intra-family conflict, and will contests are often expensive and lengthy.
In my sometimes over-simplified way of looking at negotiated agreements, I have argued that the most useful way to evaluate a potential deal is to compare it to alternatives that are actually available.
Many construction lawyers who specialize in transactional work acknowledge that they do not spend much time considering or negotiating the arbitration clauses in construction contracts.
Following are some tips to help even the most experienced counsel take advantage of one of arbitration’s best benefit: flexibility.
As mediation and other settlement-oriented intervention strategies have come into broader use in commercial dispute resolution, different views have emerged regarding the nature and purpose of some of these processes as a result of both individual choice and cultural or systemic factors.
After this political year, we ask: why will the publis only accept facts which support their current beliefs?
SCOTX Refuses to Reconsider Patent Company’s Request to Vacate Arbitrator’s $3 Million Legal Fees Award
The Supreme Court of Texas has once again declined to consider a company’s request to vacate an arbitrator’s award in a legal fees dispute.
Although the criminal justice system is far from perfect and is sometimes forbidding and difficult to navigate for survivors of sexual violence, its reliability and independence does offer some advantages that could and perhaps should be assumed in on-campus proceedings.
Despite the heavy workload, practicing international arbitration can be fun; you are always challenged by disputes arising from a diversity of issues that test your ability to design the best strategy to achieve the best possible outcome for your client, combined with the complexity that a single case can reach and the many instances in which a sovereign State is involved, as in investment and State-to-State arbitration.
As has been widely reported, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari to review three conflicting decisions among the circuits on the enforceability of an employer’s unilaterally promulgated waiver of employees’ right to participate in collective redress.
In his book chapter entitled “Empirical Findings on International Arbitration: An Overview,” Professor Drahozal provides a survey of qualitative empirical research and literature related to international arbitration.
On the front page of a New York Times there was an article reporting on a legal argument that is purportedly being advanced by Wells Fargo in response to claims brought on behalf of thousands of customers in whose name, and without whose knowledge, over 2,000,000 “sham” accounts were established.
The new Department of Education rules include significant provisions restricting school arbitration agreements.
The Texas Farm Bureau has reportedly abandoned a proposal that would have allowed insureds to relinquish their right to sue the company in the event of a claim dispute in exchange for a lower homeowners’ policy premium.
We live in a specialized world, one in which access to information is so overwhelming that there literally is “an app for that” to satisfy even the most specific and narrow of needs.