ADR happeningsBy Ashley CrettolFebruary 2008Recent developments in ADR.
Arbitration reform pending in the House and SenateBy Kurt KamrathJune 2008A recent study by Michael LeRoy, a labor and employment law scholar at the University of Illinois College of Law, has shown a great hostility from state courts towards arbitration awards in favor of employees.
The art of picking an arbitratorBy Charles B. LewisFebruary 2008In medieval times, it was felt that one could assess the character and temperament of an individual by reference to the four humors.
Case summariesBy Julia Kucan, Jillian Ruggiero, & Alyssa VincentDecember 2008Recent cases of interest to ADR practitioners.
Case summariesBy Julia Kucan, Jillian Ruggiero, & Alyssa VincentOctober 2008In Washington, the Supreme Court recently ruled four provisions in the AT&T customer service agreement were unconscionable provisions that permeated the arbitration agreement, that the entire arbitration agreement was unenforceable and needed to be severed from the original agreement.
Case summariesBy Ashley Crettol & Kurt KamrathJune 2008The First Circuit found that under a partnership agreement that includes an arbitration clause, a corporation cannot avoid arbitration by naming as defendants two non-signatories to the agreement.
Case summariesBy Ashley CrettolApril 2008The dispute between Preston and Ferrer, who were disagreeing over whether the California Talent Agency Act (CTAA) or the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) had initial jurisdiction over concerns with their contract, was decided on February 20, 2008.
Case summariesBy Ashley CrettolJanuary 2008Local 15 objected to a new system implemented by Exelon Corporation, which, during an emergency, would summon those employees who were not already at work.
CasesBy Kurt KamrathMay 2008In a six to three decision, the Supreme Court refused to expand the grounds for court review of an arbitration award.
CasesBy Kurt KamrathFebruary 2008Otay River Constructor (Otay) filed two motions to compel arbitration. Otay had multiple agreements with San Diego Expressway (Expressway).
Chair’s ColumnBy Champ W. DavisOctober 2008The ADR Council is off to a good start in the 2008-2009 Bar year. We have several new members—all of whom are actively involved in alternative dispute resolution.
Chair’s ColumnBy Stanley N. WasserMay 2008I would like to begin this column by thanking all of the ADR Section Council members whose knowledge, hard work, inventiveness and dedication make our ADR Section Council a dynamic entity that serves the members of the Illinois State Bar Association, that seeks to enhance and improve the workings of the Illinois court system and who are dedicated to concept that our clients and the public at large–individual, business, government–deserve at times a better way to resolve the inevitable disputes that may arise in our daily comings and goings.
Chair’s ColumnBy Stanley N. WasserApril 2008With mind over matter, I see spring coming and that means baseball.
Chair’s ColumnBy Stanley N. WasserFebruary 2008A message from Section Chair Stanley N. Wasser.
Current developments in mediationBy Thomas D. CavenaghJanuary 2008Use of mediation in a wide variety of contexts is expanding rapidly across the country … and abroad.
Don’t try to settle that caseBy Jon GilbertDecember 2008Lawyers engaged in discussions and exchanging correspondence in furtherance of settling a commercial dispute usually assume that they operate within the refuge of Federal Rule of Evidence 408 if something is written or said that shouldn’t have been:
Editor’s columnBy Thomas D. CavenaghOctober 2008Once again, we welcome our new student editors for this year’s volume. Alyssa Vincent is a senior at North Central College majoring in Journalism with a minor in gender & women’s studies.
Editor’s noteBy Thomas D. CavenaghJanuary 2008Once again, we welcome new student editors for this year’s volume. Ashley Crettol is a senior Psychology major and Math minor at North Central College.
Evaluating the ethics of ADR programsBy Kurt KamrathJune 2008The practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is rife with ethical dilemmas. It does not take much time in the field before a practitioner will find a conflict between two central aspects of ADR.
“Gross errors of law” under the Arbitration ActBy Jon GilbertApril 2008The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Edstrom Industries, Inc., v. Companion Life Insurance(No. 06 C 964)( February 11, 2008) suggests that ADR practitioners take a close look at vacating awards based on “gross errors of law”, a legal argument which now appears to be a moving target. First, some background.
HappeningsBy Alyssa VincentDecember 2008Recent updates of interest to ADR practitioners.
HappeningsBy Jillian RuggieroOctober 2008Recent updates of interest to ADR practitioners.
HappeningsBy Kurt Kamrath & Ashley CrettolJune 2008Florida recently passed a bill that requires parties in homeowner’s association disputes to attempt mediation or arbitration prior to filing suit.
HappeningsBy Ashley CrettolMay 2008An amendment to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration rules was approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
HappeningsBy Kurt KamrathApril 2008Recent developments in alternative dispute resolution.
HappeningsJanuary 2008The House of Representatives has just passed legislation that will give state officials the authority to compel FEMA to take part in mediations surrounding conflicts over claims to the national flood insurance program following a natural disaster.
Mediation limits / opportunitiesBy Robert E. Wells, Jr.April 2008Lack of injunctive relief and limitation on discovery are two perceived “weaknesses” of mediation. However, a closer examination reveals that perceptions may not be reality.