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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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[...]
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 [...]
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 […]
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.