CPR and CEDR Release Joint Report on Insights into ADR
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The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”) on April 4 issued a joint Report: “Insights into Alternative Dispute Resolution.”

As described in an accompanying Press Release and Summary,

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Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela
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By Burton W. Wiand

Absent an affirmative contractual basis for concluding that a party agreed to do so, there can be no class arbitration.

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FINRA Stats, 3/19: March Case Filings Continue Weak, Leading to a Quarterly YOY Decline of 28%
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New case submissions by customers are down 29% from the first quarter’s tally for 2018 and industry cases have declined 27%. Overall, 830 new cases were filed in the first quarter;

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An Ideologically Divided SCOTUS Holds 5-4 in Lamps Plus that Class Arbitration Takes Place Only Where the Parties Expressly Provide for It
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In the final arbitration-centric decision of the Term, the Supreme Court on April 24 held 5-4 in Varela v. Lamps Plus, Inc.,

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Morse v. Fisher Asset Management, LLC
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By David C. Franceski, Jr.

*The filing of an action later dismissed on preliminary objections in favor of arbitration does not toll applicable statutes of limitation beyond the date of dismissal.

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“Commercial Arbitration 2019” – New York State Bar Association Sponsors a Full-Day Seminar for the Neutrals
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Held at Fordham Law School’s Skadden Auditorium on Monday, March 25, this program, the full name of which was “Commercial Arbitration 2019: What Parties and Counsel Have a Right to Expect and Arbitration Should be Delivering: Arbitration at its Best,” differed in a number of ways from the programs we generally cover.

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