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Cubs Strike Out in Play to Move Foul Ball Suit to Arbitration

Two weeks before the first pitch of the season, the Chicago Cubs have already whiffed on an effort to force an injured fan into arbitration, in a ruling that could undermine a practice teams use to avoid litigation. In a …

Oklahoma Court Says Home Warranty Contract Is Insurance, Nixes Forced Arbitration

A home warranty contract is an insurance contract. That’s the conclusion of the Oklahoma Supreme Court in a case in which the plaintiffs challenged a mandatory arbitration provision in a home warranty contract, maintaining such provisions are not legal under …

Uber’s Arbitration Addiction Could Be Death by 60,000 Cuts

For Uber Technologies Inc., using legal arbitration to deal with driver compensation complaints — over anything from pay to overtime to mileage reimbursement — seemed like the smart play: it would preclude costly class-action litigation, it was private, and few …

Demanding Arbitration is No Excuse for Bad Faith Conduct

An interesting case recently came before the California Court of Appeals involving an insured’s uninsured motorist (UM) demand for policy limits and the insurer’s response demanding arbitration. In Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Ins., 227 Cal.App.4th 626 (2nd Dist. …

Liberty Mutual Offers Alternative Resolution Program For Disputed Sandy Claims

An innovative option to resolve complex Sandy claims is being offered to personal and commercial Liberty Mutual insurance customers: independent mediation or arbitration. The property and casualty insurer announced that it has teamed with Kenneth R. Feinberg of Feinberg Rozen …

Beauty Queen Who Defamed Miss USA Pageant Owes $5M

A beauty queen who claimed this year’s Miss USA contest was fixed has been ordered to pay the pageant organization $5 million for defamation. In a decision signed last week, an arbitrator found that the comments from Miss Pennsylvania USA …

NLRB Reduces Case Backlog, Age of Pending Cases Cut in Half

The National Labor Relations Board issued 341 decisions in contested cases during fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012), tackling many of its oldest cases. In resolving nine of the 10 oldest cases it faced at the …

Insurance Dispute Delays Reopening of Tornado-Damaged Massachusetts School

The reopening of a Roman Catholic school in Springfield severely damaged by last summer’s tornadoes has been delayed because of a dispute between the diocese and its insurer. Officials with the Diocese of Springfield said Tuesday that while they estimate …

Feel Cheated? Small Claims Court Brings Big Wins

If you feel cheated by a big company and complaining gets you nowhere, what can you do? A handful of recent cases suggest that consumers can, if they’re motivated enough, win against big companies in small claims courts. These “David …

U.S. Court Rules for Arbitration in Credit Card Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday for Synovus Financial Corp and CompuCredit Holdings Corp and said credit card claims by consumers under a 1996 law must be handled in arbitration, not in court. By an 8-1 vote, the justices …