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Dispute Resolution – Easy, Private, Affordable

ARS has a panel of legal industry experts who offer commentary about online arbitration and dispute resolution in this blog. Subscribe to the ARS blog to read the latest news about online dispute resolution and how it can help you to privately resolve conflicts.

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Judge Joyner’s August 1st ruling in Goldman Sachs v. Athena Venture Partners, LLC, no. 13-MC-130 (E.D. Pa.), underscored some fairly basic arbitration law:  the Federal Arbitration Act requires that arbitrators fully disclose to the parties anything that might cause a reasonable person to question the arbitrator’s impartiality.  In Goldman an arbitrator – who was an…

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Another generally anti-arbitration court — this one in Massachusetts — seems to have gotten the U.S. Supreme Court’s memo that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state laws impinging on arbitration.  See this excellent analysis of the latest reversal of Feeney v Dell by Deborah LaFetra in the PLF Liberty Blog.

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Back in 1997, George Friedman, a member of the ARS Board of Directors, predicted and planned for the economic collapse of 2008, alternative energy needs, hybrid and electric cars, and now the future of arbitration. Check out his predictions that were applauded at the 2013 Securities Experts Roundtable in Boston.

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts a Montana rule of law that invalidated take-it-or-leave-it form contracts that deviated from the “reasonable expectations” of the parties. In Mortenson v. Bresnan Communications, LLC, the court reversed a district court decision refusing to enforce a predispute arbitration agreement found in an internet service provider’s form contact.

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The 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”) is aimed at making it easier for small businesses to raise funds. The JOBS Act requires the SEC to perform studies and write rules to implement the law. Toward that end, the SEC solicited comments on Title III of the act, which concerns crowdfunding (a broad term used…

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