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Mar 27, 2011

Opinions – Maryland Court of Special Appeals: 3/28/11

Contracts Arbitration BOTTOM LINE: Trial court erred in granting petition to confirm arbitration award against three parties when only two parties were named in the award and the time limit for modification or correction of the award had expired. CASE: Capital Select Realtors, LLC v. NRT Mid-Atlantic, LLC, No. 2373, Sept. Term, 2009 (filed March […]

Jan 25, 2011

2004 Blackwater lawsuit tossed

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit that blamed the security company formerly known as Blackwater for the deaths of four contractors killed in a grisly 2004 ambush on the restive streets of Iraq. U.S. District Judge James C. Fox said court-ordered arbitration fell apart because neither side was paying the costs […]

Dec 13, 2010

$80.8M arbitration award to Kajeet Inc.

Although it’s not a verdict, this arbitration case had a big financial outcome, so it’s worth noting. In August, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ordered UBS AG to pay nearly $81 million to a children’s cell phone firm in Bethesda that suffered when its cash got tied up in student loan auction-rate securities. FINRA, the […]

Nov 4, 2010

Platt: Don’t rule out ADR for business cases

The courthouse of the future will have multiple doors and many methods of dispute resolution available behind them. In fact some of those doors may lead to locations outside the courthouse itself where disputes will be resolved with the assistance of technology and professionals from other disciplines besides the law. These disciplines may include medicine, […]

Oct 31, 2010

Opinions: Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Contract Law Arbitration BOTTOM LINE: The Arbitration Board was the proper forum to resolve fee dispute between attorney and client. CASE: Fireison v. Alkire, No. 1288 Sept. Term, 2009 (filed Oct. 5, 2010) (Judges Zarnoch, GRAEFF, and Moylan (retired, specially assigned)). RecordFax No. 10-1005-01, 17 pages. FACTS: Anita Alkire entered into a contract for legal […]

Oct 11, 2010

Maryland firm loses $110K in legal fees

Attention Maryland lawyers who have Washington, D.C., bar membership and litigate cases in the capital city: Be prepared to arbitrate fee disputes even if your client agreements contain no arbitration provision. A Bethesda law firm learned this lesson the hard way. Louis Fireison & Associates PA lost a $110,000 fee dispute in arbitration with a […]

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