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1297 ABA Journal Contracts articles.

Kavanaugh’s first Supreme Court opinion says courts have to respect parties’ decision on arbitration
Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh issued his first opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The unanimous opinion held that federal judges don’t have the authority to decide whether a dispute can be arbitrated when the contract gives the decision to the arbitrator.
Fake network voids choice-of-law deal, Roy Moore says in defamation suit against Sacha Baron Cohen

Former Alabama Chief Justice and failed Senate candidate Roy Moore claims his $95 million defamation suit against Sacha Baron Cohen doesn’t have to be tried in New York because of…

Contract ‘busts’: Trying to decipher provisions that literally make no sense

Some contractual provisions, perpetuated in deal after deal, make no literal sense. The problems are threefold: (1) whenever such a document is retyped, clerical errors are likely to occur; (2) the sameness of the party designations leads to cognitive difficulties for all readers—including the drafters themselves—because the only visual difference is the two-character suffix at the end; and (3) clients tend to resent such documents not just for their unreadability, but also for their appearing to be forms that the lawyer took little care in adapting.

Legal writing pro is helping teach AI to draft contracts (podcast)

Ken Adams has brought his contract expertise to a Pittsburgh artificial intelligence startup.

The transactional lawyer stopped practicing law “the regular way,” as he puts it, in 2006 and devoted…

Judge rules Johnny Depp can void unwritten contract with lawyer; is ‘handshake culture’ at risk?

A Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday that actor Johnny Depp can void an oral contract with his former lawyer because California law requires contingency agreements to be put in…

Judge says narrow drafting dooms bid by Trump campaign to arbitrate bias suit

A narrowly drafted arbitration clause in a confidentiality agreement doesn’t require arbitration of a bias suit filed by a former Trump campaign staffer, according to a New York judge.

Judge…

Trump Organization accuses Omarosa’s book publisher of tortious interference with hush agreement
Lawyers for the Trump Organization have dispatched a letter to the publisher of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s tell-all book, Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House.
Law firms, tech companies partner to build new blockchain-based platform for smart contracts
A group of law firms and tech companies have teamed up to develop the Agreements Network, a platform that will aid in the creation, use and sale of smart contracts for lawyers.
The small country making a big impact on blockchain adoption

Ian Gauci tells Ari Kaplan: “We are a small nation without any particular resources, save for the sun and the sea. Other than that, we have human capital, so we always try to create niches to prosper.”

Dog on a lease? Woman surprised to learn pet she paid for was a rental

New York could become the third state to ban animal rentals after the state attorney general filed a fraud suit against a chain called The Pet Zone that includes allegations…

Can law students improve contracts drafted by accomplished lawyers?

I had had great teachers of contracts, but they emphasized theory, not practice. I resolved to prepare law students to tackle the costly, time-consuming problems of contract ambiguities. Many years of practice allowed me to make good on this resolution.

Does Roseanne Barr have a valid legal claim for cancellation of her show?
The First Amendment restricts the government from interfering with free speech rights, but it doesn’t cover job-related consequences for private employees--or even star comedians.
Harper Lee’s estate settles litigation over Broadway adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The estate of Harper Lee has reached a settlement in litigation over its objections to a Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.

The estate and the production company Rudinplay…

Ex-Playboy model settles suit claiming faulty lawyering nixed her deal to remain silent on Trump

A former Playboy model reached a settlement with the publisher of the National Enquirer on Wednesday allowing her to go public with allegations of an affair in 2006 with President…

After social media outcry, Munger Tolles will no longer require mandatory arbitration
Munger, Tolles & Olson will no longer require any of its employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements after a copy of its agreement was leaked.

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