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Nebraska High Court: Federal Risk Retention Act Preempts State Law

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled recently that a district court erred when it found that a federal law did not preempt the state’s prohibition against mandatory arbitration clauses in insurance contract. In Speece v. Allied Professionals Ins. Co., the Court …

How IBM Handles Age Disclosure, Employee Privacy, Job Bias Claims

For at least a decade, International Business Machines Corp. gave fired employees information detailing a severance package that asked them to waive age- discrimination claims and also included a page listing the job titles and ages of workers being let …

Arbitrator Rejects Defamation Claim in ‘Queen of Versailles’ Case

An arbitrator says the documentary film “Queen of Versailles” didn’t defame timeshare mogul David Siegel’s company. The arbitrator also ruled that Siegel’s company, Westgate Resorts, must pay $750,000 toward filmmaker Lauren Greenfield’s legal fees. Westgate sued Greenfield in 2012 alleging …

$35M Award To 29 Washington Patients For Root Canals

More than two dozen Washington patients of a former Seattle-area dentist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary root canals have been awarded $35 million in an arbitration proceeding. Former King County Superior Court Judge Paris Kallas issued that award Wednesday. …

California Department of Insurance Settles with Zurich over Workers’ Comp

The California Department of Insurance announced a settlement with Zurich American Insurance Co. and Zurich American Insurance Co. of Illinois over what CDI alleged was improper use of workers’ compensation insurance agreements. Zurich’s agreements forced California employers to arbitrate commercial …

Schwab Temporarily Drops Client Class Action Waiver

Charles Schwab Corp. has temporarily reversed its requirement that clients waive their right to bring class-action lawsuits, adding a new twist in a battle closely watched by the securities industry and plaintiffs’ attorneys. “Effective immediately, Schwab is modifying its account …

Arbitrators Agree to Hear Chevron-Ecuador Pollution Liability Case

An international tribunal has found that it has jurisdiction to decide if Ecuador violated a treaty with the United States requiring it to guarantee a fair trial to Chevron Corp. in an environmental lawsuit that ended in an $18 billion …

Arbitrators Near Jurisdiction Call in Chevron-Ecuador Pollution Case

Arbitrators expect to rule as early as next month on whether they can hear a dispute between Chevron Corp. and Ecuador related to a marathon pollution liability case, according to a letter to the lawyers involved. The tribunal, working under …

Consumers Not Required to Arbitrate Warranty Claims with Car Dealers: Court

A federal appeals court handed car owners a victory by striking down a requirement that they arbitrate warranty disputes with dealers. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a Porsche 911 Turbo owner …

California Passes Bill on Employer Rights in Workers’ Comp Arbitration

The California State Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill that California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said will make workers’ compensation policies more transparent and fair. The measure, Senate Bill 684, provides that employers must be notified in writing and allowed …