[This was originally published in the author’s blog at the Securities Arbitration Commentator] The Securities Arbitration Commentator has reported many times on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau‘s (“CFPB”) study of mandatory predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAAs”) in consumer financial products and services. To review, Dodd-Frank, Section 1414, bans outright PDAAs in residential mortgage contracts, and…

Online courts must not compromise fairness   By Julia Hörnle, Queen Mary University of London Can the serious atmosphere of court, standing in the dock facing a be-wigged judge and barristers, be carried over into the world of video-conferencing? Skype of the Bailey, if you will.   This is what the Civil Justice Council’s recently…

  I am a baseball fan from way back. I’m also an eternal optimist, which explains my being a Mets fan. See? That’s me holding the banner on the right, celebrating the Mets 1969 World Series victory on the field at Shea Stadium.   But I digress. With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training…

Earlier this week month I blogged on whether Justin Bieber and a photographer, who were embroiled in a law suit in Florida over an alleged assault on the photographer, should submit their dispute to non-binding arbitration [short answer: yes!]. After describing how this form of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) worked, I promised to cover other…

The President’s bombshell announcement that the United States would be moving toward normalizing relations with Cuba has certainly touched off a lively debate. Whether one favors the move, it does raise questions. For most people, thoughts turned to prospects of resumed trade, restored tourism, long-separated relatives reuniting, and of course cigars.1 Not me. I immediately…

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