Alternative Dispute Resolution

403 ABA Journal Alternative Dispute Resolution articles.

More companies thwart employee class actions in arbitration agreements

More companies are requiring employees to arbitrate serious complaints and barring them from bringing class actions after a 2011 Supreme Court decision upholding a ban on class actions in…

Homeowners association OKs playhouse for sick girl, 6, after dad appeals to court of public opinion

A 6-year-old Missouri girl can’t leave her home to play with other children in her neighborhood because she is seriously ill with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

So the little girl, Ella…

‘Radical reform’ to state law would allow couples to divorce outside court, if approved

Two Minnesota lawmakers have drafted legislation that would offer a new alternative to traditional divorce to those who want it.

The Cooperative Private Divorce proposal, which family therapists helped them…

Federal judge: NFL commissioner and arbitrator erred in suspending ex-Vikings player Adrian Peterson

Agreeing with the NFL Players Union that a new personal conduct policy for the football league did not apply retroactively, a federal judge on Thursday said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell…

How these law students help costs and acrimony for divorcing couples (podcast with transcript)
In the wake of divorce, many families find themselves emotionally and financially devastated. If you're in the heat of a legal battle, it's easy to go too far and create acrimony with your ex-spouse which can poison any chance at a cordial future relationship–and drain both sides' bank accounts to pay for attorney fees. But what if if didn't have to be that way?
Model program brings holistic solutions to divorce
Rightscorp fights Internet piracy by ‘ticketing’ copyright infringers
One-third of top websites have clauses to restrict consumer lawsuits

About a third of the nation’s top 200 retail websites have clauses requiring arbitration of disputes or banning class actions.

Some of the websites inserted the clauses in “clickwrap” agreements…

Wevorce CEO Michelle Crosby is shaking up the adversarial divorce process

The most traumatic moment of Michelle Crosby’s life has also been her most transformative.

“My parents had one of those War of the Roses-type divorces,” says Crosby, referring to the…

Over 100 died from GM ignition-switch issues, survivors claim

When General Motors announced a compensation plan for those injured and killed because of ignition-switch issues in vehicles manufactured by the automaker, the company confirmed 13 deaths.

However, claims have…

GM cites ‘pattern of incompetence,’ fires 15 including legal execs, will pay ignition-switch victims

An internal probe of General Motors found “a pattern of incompetence and neglect” but no intentional cover-up of ignition-switch issues that resulted in a massive…

Buying a General Mills product eliminates the right to sue, according to online legal terms

General Mills is requiring arbitration of legal disputes in a policy that got tougher after an adverse ruling and a newspaper inquiry.

In language “quietly added” to its website, General…

Ruling banning secret arbitrations in Del. Chancery Court won’t be overturned by SCOTUS

The nation’s top court has refused to hear an unusual appeal by the Delaware Court of Chancery of a federal appellate court’s ruling that secret corporate arbitration hearings involving the…

FINRA says arbitrator axed from its list wasn’t a lawyer

A California man was removed last year from a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority list of arbitrators because he lied about being a lawyer, FINRA confirmed to Reuters.

Meanwhile,…

Without involving counsel, NYC agrees to pay $6.4M to man who claimed he was framed by detective

Confronted with strong evidence that a man who served 23 years for a murder he did not commit had been framed by a rogue police detective, the comptroller for New…

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