DC Circuit Derails Effort to Evade Amtrak Arbitration Provision
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Passengers who had suffered no injury lacked Article III standing to challenge an arbitration clause in Amtrak’s Terms and Conditions.

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Washington State Court Vacates $4.6 Million FINRA Award Because One Arbitrator’s Inadequate Disclosure Tainted Panel
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Arbitrators have an affirmative duty to reveal potential conflicts of interest, especially when such a disclosure is expressly required by the forum in which they serve,

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Sorry About That, Chief, But it Does Matter Who Appointed the Judge
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

In the old “Get Smart” comedy series, secret agent Maxwell Smart would often say to his boss,

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Divided Ninth Circuit Ruling on California AB-51 FAA Preemption is also a Split Decision: Statute is Preempted in Part
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

A split Ninth Circuit has finally ruled on the validity of AB-51, which would restrict predispute arbitration clauses (“PDAA”) in employment relationships.

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District Court Finally Rules on J&J’s Rejection of Shareholder’s Arbitration Proposal
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The issue of shareholder arbitration is in the news again, this time in the form of a long-awaited court decision on Johnson &

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Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds An Arbitrator’s Use of the Merger Doctrine Over a Statutory Challenge
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by Hayes Favinger*

The Supreme Court of Kentucky upholds unanimously an Arbitrator’s award despite a challenge on the grounds that KRS 324.360 overruled the merger doctrine** as applied.

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