Penn Plaza Argues for Enforcement of Arbitration Agreement in Merits Brief

Penn Plaza filed its merits brief in the Pyett case on May 5, 2008. For the brief, see http://www.abanet.org/publiced/preview/briefs/unscheduled.html In the brief, Penn Plaza argues that the Federal Arbitration Act does not treat individual arbitration agreements differently than agreements negotiated collectively. As a result, statutory authority does not support the Second Circuit’s decision. According to … Continue reading Penn Plaza Argues for Enforcement of Arbitration Agreement in Merits Brief

Duress as a basis for avoiding an arbitration agreement?

I’m wondering if anyone can point me to a specific example of duress being used successfully as the basis for avoiding an arbitration agreement. I’ve seen plenty of examples of cases in which it has been argued unsuccessfully. And I’ve seen examples of cases in which it was one of a laundry list of grievances, … Continue reading Duress as a basis for avoiding an arbitration agreement?

International Effort to Certify Mediators

While certification and ethics for mediators continue to be hotly debated in the U.S., a new organization has come on the scene with the goal of offering a certification that will be accepted as the global mediator competency standard. International Mediation Institute (“IMI”) was created by the Netherlands Mediation Institute, Singapore Mediation Centre/Singapore International Arbitration … Continue reading International Effort to Certify Mediators

Ross v. Bank of America: Important Victory for Consumers Subject to Arbitration Provisions

Jean Sternlight, Saltman Professor, UNLV Boyd School of Law & Director Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, brought to my attention the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Ross v. Bank of America, — F.3d —-, 2008 WL 1836640 (C.A.2 (N.Y.). According to Jean: “[I]t is the most important victory in recent years for consumers seeking to … Continue reading Ross v. Bank of America: Important Victory for Consumers Subject to Arbitration Provisions

11th Circuit Confirms that Mediation is not Arbitration

In Advanced Bodycare Solutions, LLC v. Thione International, Inc., No. 07-12309 (11th Cir. April 21, 2008), the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act could not be used to enforce the parties’ agreement to resolve disputes using mediation or nonbinding arbitration. The Court noted that while the FAA does not define “arbitration”, classic arbitration … Continue reading 11th Circuit Confirms that Mediation is not Arbitration

What Economists Say to Each Other about Settlement

Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum, two economists from Vanderbilt, recently posted an article on SSRN titled, simply, “Settlement.” I don’t know how it works in the economics literature.  In many areas of the law, insanely short article titles are typically reserved either for those who are unspeakably preeminent or who are the first to a … Continue reading What Economists Say to Each Other about Settlement