Oct 12, 2022

Md. appeals court: Lawsuit’s dismissal does not void arbitrator’s decision

Plaintiffs cannot escape an arbitrator’s adverse decision by having the circuit court case that prompted the arbitration dismissed, Maryland’s second highest court ruled.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media after the close of the NFL owners' meeting on March 29, 2022, at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
Aug 31, 2022

Lawyers bash Goodell-led arbitration in NFL racial bias suit

Lawyers for three Black NFL coaches alleging racial bias by the league took aim at Commissioner Roger Goodell in their latest arguments against arbitrating a dispute.

Mar 29, 2022

Arbitration clauses not subject to statute of limitations, Md. high court says

Contractual agreements to resolve legal disputes through arbitration rather than litigation are not subject to the three-year statutory time limit for filing claims that applies to lawsuits, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled. Because the statute of limitations does not apply, circuit court judges may consider and grant petitions to compel arbitration even if filed […]

May 31, 2019

Panel awards $1.5 million to man wrongfully involved in SEC case

A Pikesville man obtained a $1.5 million award against his broker Wednesday after an arbitration panel determined the broker was liable for wrongfully involving him in Securities and Exchange Commission litigation. The SEC previously dismissed fraud charges against Jonathan Feldman in 2016 after determining there was insufficient evidence that his trading scheme was illegal. Feldman […]

Dec 20, 2018

Baltimore, former Circulator operator must arbitrate contract dispute

A Baltimore judge sided with the former operators of the Charm City Circulator Wednesday, requiring its contract dispute with the city to go to arbitration rather than being resolved in a lawsuit. Baltimore filed suit against Transdev North America Inc. and Transdev Services Inc. in September alleging the companies overcharged the city more than $20 […]

Jul 15, 2018

1st Circuit: Class-action against Uber not arbitrable

A putative class-action accusing the ride-share service Uber of imposing fictitious fees was not subject to arbitration, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

May 31, 2018

Brian J. Markovitz: An Epic fail for workers

The power of class actions took a major blow earlier this month as the Supreme Court held in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that arbitration agreements banning class actions for employees are enforceable.

May 21, 2018

Supreme Court says employers can bar worker class-actions

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers can force workers to use individual arbitration instead of class-action lawsuits to press legal claims.

Mar 15, 2018

What is the proper role of a party-appointed arbitrator?

Coming to arbitration practice from years on the bench, I was somewhat surprised to encounter party-appointed arbitrators who were not entirely impartial. Because commercial arbitration has its roots in labor arbitration and collective bargaining negotiations with company and union representatives playing key roles, the practice spilled over into our domestic arbitration world. It took the [&helli[...]

Aug 17, 2017

Frosh to Supreme Court: Arbitration does not trump workers’ right to collective action

Employers cannot compel employees to sign employment contracts binding them to arbitrate their disputes individually and waive their right to collective action, Maryland’s attorney general wrote in papers filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices have long held that the National Labor Relations Act acknowledges workers’ “fundamental right” to engage “in concerted activities” for [...]

Court of Appeals
Jun 28, 2017

Md. Court of Appeals: Denied arbitration motions cannot be immediately appealed

Businesses cannot appeal a judge’s refusal to compel arbitration of a lawsuit that is pending in a separate legal filing until that litigation ends, Maryland’s top court ruled Tuesday in a victory for consumers. The Court of Appeals’ 5-2 decision followed its similar 2013 ruling in American Bank Holdings Inc. v. Kavanagh that a judge’s […]

Nov 8, 2016

Why would anyone want to pose as a lawyer?

Arbitrator falsely claiming to be a lawyer heads news summary including marijuana in California, what happens to Merrick Garland and could the Supreme Court handle an election appeal.

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