The Hall Street Decision – Professor Rau’s Rant

Alan Scott Rau recently posted his critique of the Supreme Court’s Hall Street Associates v. Mattel decision.  Perhaps, though, to call the article, entitled “Fear of Freedom,” a “critique” is to understate the fervency of Rau’s views.  It’s more like a well-organized, carefully-crafted rant.  Using words like “deeply unsatisfactory,” “appall[ing],” “hesitant and muddy,” and “grotesque,” … Continue reading The Hall Street Decision – Professor Rau’s Rant

ADR: The Federal Government’s Experience

I just read the recently-posted, to-be-published-somewhere empirical study of the use of ADR in the federal government in the late 1990s. Entitled, Dispute Resolution and the Vanishing Trial: Comparing Federal Government Litigation and ADR Outcomes, the study’s authors include Lisa Bingham, Tina Nabatchi, Jeff Senger, and Michael Scott Jackman. Their abstract reads: This study compares … Continue reading ADR: The Federal Government’s Experience

“Peer” Arbitration – Request for Information

John Gradwohl of the University of Nebraska is conducting research about “peer” arbitrations — which he defines as “situations where the parties themselves want to have a system in which their participants make a binding determination of a dispute rather than bring in a third party decider.” He recently posted a request for information on … Continue reading “Peer” Arbitration – Request for Information

Penn Plaza Argues for Enforcement of Arbitration Agreement in Merits Brief

Penn Plaza filed its merits brief in the Pyett case on May 5, 2008. For the brief, see http://www.abanet.org/publiced/preview/briefs/unscheduled.html In the brief, Penn Plaza argues that the Federal Arbitration Act does not treat individual arbitration agreements differently than agreements negotiated collectively. As a result, statutory authority does not support the Second Circuit’s decision. According to … Continue reading Penn Plaza Argues for Enforcement of Arbitration Agreement in Merits Brief