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Eighth Circuit Affirms Denial of Insurance Company's Motion to Compel Arbitration

On April 19, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri's September 4, 2012 decision in Union Electric Company v. Aegis Energy Syndicate 1225 , holding that a policyholder could avoid arbitration based on an Endorsement that conflicted with a...

California: Former Union Member Not Bound to Arbitration for His Work Injury Claim

In what appears to be a case of first impression, the issue before a WCAB panel was whether an employee, who was a former union member, could be bound to arbitration. In Chamberlain v. Irwin Industries, Inc ., 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS – (May 13, 2013), t he WCAB, denying defendant employer’s...

Mediation in Oil and Gas Law Disputes

By Lisa C. McManus, Esq. [1] | Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise wherever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There...

High Arbitration Fees Prove Costly to Defendant

A recent decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals underscores the importance of keeping consumer arbitration agreements consumer friendly. In Clark v. Renaissance West, LLC , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the court affirmed the trial court’s denial of a motion to compel...

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New Nevada Statute May Affect Enforceability of Appraisal Clause in Property Insurance Policies

A growing trend is the imposition of statutory and regulatory limitation on arbitration clauses. To some degree this is a reaction by some jurisdictions to the strongly pro-arbitration position taken by the United States Supreme Court in recent years. Nevada has now followed the anti-arbitration trend...

Construction Contracts, Mediation and Venue

I have preached the mantra of “ read your contracts carefully ” on numerous occasions here at Construction Law Musings. I have also discussed my thoughts on ADR and mandatory mediation . A recent case out of the Eastern District of Virginia mixes these two ideas quite nicely. Dominion...

Ten Most Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions Of 2013 – Washington Supreme Court: Policy Arbitration Clauses Are Unenforceable

Insurers See Red – Insureds See Delicious W.C. Fields once famously quipped: “All things considered, I’d rather be in arbitration.” Insurance policies sometimes contain clauses requiring that any dispute under the policy be resolved by arbitration. Given the complexity and...

Resolve to Mediate Your Construction Disputes in 2014

After a quick detour to discuss Kevin Underhill’s great book, we’re back to discuss more “serious” topics. Namely, how to move forward relating to your construction disputes in 2014. As anyone that regularly reads Construction Law Musings knows, I am a Virginia Supreme Court...

Tenth Circuit Rejects State Law Challenge to FAA Primacy

By the Consumer Financial Services Group In the aftermath of AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant , , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], consumer lawyers have frequently...

An American Abroad: The Divergent Worlds Of U.S. And U.K. Insurance Arbitrations

By Rita Davis, Allan B. Moore, Joanna Page, Stephen Moriarty, QC, and Thomas R. Newman I. INTRODUCTION Rooted in common beginnings, the American and United Kingdom legal systems are cousins with many similarities. As with most relatives perched on opposing branches of a family tree, however...

Headline: Voluntary Construction Mediation Works

Well, I’m back. After a busy week of meeting with clients, college visits with my daughter and a successful mediation (this time as co-counsel), I am back to what I hope to be a more consistent posting schedule. Luckily for me, my friend Seth Smiley stepped in with a great Guest Post Friday...

What You May Be Giving Up When You Agree To "Arbitration" In Your Farming Contracts

Although most people are unfamiliar with the arbitration process, it is common for many form contracts to contain "arbitration" clauses. The Texas Supreme Court, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], recently addressed cotton farmers’ challenge to an arbitration clause...

Mindful Case Management

By Dennis Cusack We recently litigated and successfully settled an insurance coverage case that offers a model for managing a case thoughtfully. Too often, parties reflexively dive into litigation with its procedural hurdles and delays, unbounded discovery, and often unnecessary motion practice, without...

Delaware Arbitration Makes a Comeback

News from Delaware is that Delaware's Chancery arbitration procedure is making a comeback, but this time without the Chancery bit. According to DelawareOnline , Chief Justice Strine said: [T]he new arbitration program will not involve state-paid sitting judges, which was one of reasons the federal...

PTAB & Alternative Dispute Resolution

PTAB Scheduling Orders Begin Suggesting ADR Statements The Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) has the power to terminate an Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post Grant Review (PGR), or a Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding upon request of the parties. This discretionary power to terminate a patentability...

If You Reach a Settlement at Mediation, and Say the Settlement Will Be the Subject of a Forthcoming Formal Agreement, Do You Have a Binding Deal?

You have most likely walked out of a mediated settlement conference at which the shorthand version of the settlement put to paper by the lawyers and the mediator stated that there would be a later, more detailed agreement. And maybe, the next day, as work began on the "more formal agreement to be...

Recent Revisions to AAA Rules

By Brett Saunders Think about the last major construction project you or your company was involved in. Chances are, that project was being performed under a contract that contained an arbitration clause. These clauses require disputes to be resolved through binding arbitration, instead of traditional...

When Is Mandatory Arbitration Not Mandatory?

I have discussed my views on mandatory mediation in construction contracts at other places here at Musings and also discussed how the contract is king here in Virginia . A recent Charlottesville, Virginia Circuit Court case, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis...

Alert: AAA Construction Industry Rules Update

The American Arbitration Association has made some needed updates to their Construction Industry Arbitration and Mediation Rules, effective July 1, 2015. Among the changes listed at their website are: • A mediation step for all cases with claims of $100,000 or more (subject to the ability of...

Mediating is Eye Opening

As anyone that reads this construction law blog on any sort of regular basis knows, I am a big advocate for mediation in most cases (construction or otherwise). I took this truly to heart about four years ago when I decided to go through the training and mentorship to become a certified mediator here...

Important Changes to the AAA Construction Industry Mediation and Arbitration Rules

By W. Alexander Burnett , Partner, Williams Mullen Introduction 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...

Mediation in the Zero Sum World of Construction

Construction is a zero sum game. What do I mean by that? I mean that even where you, a construction professional with a great construction lawyer , have reviewed and edited a subcontract presented to you or provided a well drafted contract to the other party that contains an attorney fees provision ...

Split High Court: California Appeals Court Must Enforce Arbitration Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A California appellate panel erred when it refused to enforce an arbitration clause contained in a cable provider’s customer agreement, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, finding that the appellate panel’s interpretation was preempted...

California: What Constitutes a Diminishment in a Benefit When It Comes to an ADR?

In Ramirez Farias v. Able Building Maintenance , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB, in a split panel opinion, found that the applicant, who suffered an industrial injury to her neck, back, right wrist, and right shoulder from 2/28/2005 through 1/22/2014, and was treating outside of an alternative...