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Take It Or Leave It: Unconscionability Of Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements In The Securities Industry, William Alan Nelson II 2015 SelectedWorks

Take It Or Leave It: Unconscionability Of Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements In The Securities Industry, William Alan Nelson Ii

William Alan Nelson II

The pervasive use of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements in the securities industry is a relatively new phenomenon. However, research reflects that an overwhelming majority of retail brokerage and investment advisory agreements include language requiring that all disputes between the customer and the broker-dealer / investment adviser be resolved through arbitration – most often with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution. Thus, only in rare instances can an investor open either a brokerage or investment advisory account without agreeing to submit to mandatory pre-dispute arbitration.

The enclosed article is the first to focus on the fairness of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements through ...


Harmonizing Third-Party Litigation Funding Regulation, Victoria A. Shannon 2015 Washington and Lee University School of Law

Harmonizing Third-Party Litigation Funding Regulation, Victoria A. Shannon

Victoria Shannon

Third-party litigation funding is no longer a new phenomenon, but rather is a mainstay in global commerce and dispute resolution. Yet, many observers still consider the third-party litigation funding industry as a "wild west" due to a lack of regulation in many countries. Some of the countries that have regulations suffer from a lack of uniformity and an array of conflicting laws at the sub-national level (i.e., the laws of states, provinces, territories, etc.). For example, the United States has a confusing patchwork of state laws on third-party litigation funding. This article proposes harmonizing the regulatory framework for third-party ...


The Litigation Budget, Jay Tidmarsh 2014 Notre Dame Law School

The Litigation Budget, Jay Tidmarsh

Jay Tidmarsh

Because of fears that litigation is too costly, reduction of litigation expenses has been the touchstone of procedural reform for the past thirty years. In certain circumstances, however, the parties have incentives—both rational and irrational—to spend more on a lawsuit than the social benefits that the case provides. Present and proposed reform efforts do not adequately address these incentives, and in some instances exacerbate the parties’ incentives to overspend. The best way to ensure that the cost of a lawsuit does not exceed the benefits that it provides to the parties and society is to control spending directly ...


How Does The European Union Solve Crises - With Solutions Or By Avoidance? A Study Of The "Mad Cow Disease" Crisis, Salmeh K. Fodor 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

How Does The European Union Solve Crises - With Solutions Or By Avoidance? A Study Of The "Mad Cow Disease" Crisis, Salmeh K. Fodor

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


The Dispute Settlement Systems Of Wto And Nafta - Analysis And Comparison, Patrick Specht 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

The Dispute Settlement Systems Of Wto And Nafta - Analysis And Comparison, Patrick Specht

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


The Issuance Of Interim Measures In International Disputes: A Proposal Requiring A Reasonable Possibility Of Success On The Underlying Merits, Jarrod Wong 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

The Issuance Of Interim Measures In International Disputes: A Proposal Requiring A Reasonable Possibility Of Success On The Underlying Merits, Jarrod Wong

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Book Review: “The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality In The Practice Of Law”, Linda H. Edwards 2014 University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- William S. Boyd School of Law

Book Review: “The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality In The Practice Of Law”, Linda H. Edwards

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In their first collaboration, The Happy Lawyer, the writing team of Nancy Levit and Doug Linder tackled a crucially important subject: how to have a happy life in the law. As part of that project, they interviewed more than two hundred lawyers about what makes them happy in their jobs. Levit and Linder noticed that happy lawyers nearly always talked about doing good work. Curious about the connection, the authors turned to recent research in neuroscience and learned, not to their surprise, that a key to a happy life is, indeed, the sense of doing good work. It is our ...


C-Drum News, Fall 2014, 2014 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

C-Drum News, Fall 2014

The C-DRUM News

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The Evolution And Decline Of The Effective-Vindication Doctrine In U.S. Arbitration Law, Okezie Chukwumerije 2014 Pepperdine University

The Evolution And Decline Of The Effective-Vindication Doctrine In U.S. Arbitration Law, Okezie Chukwumerije

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

This article offers information on the history, significance and role of the effective-vindication doctrine in U.S. arbitration law in promoting access to justice. It analyzes the significance of broad policy implications regarding the interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) by the Court facilitating the arbitration of commercial disputes and protecting the statutory rights of consumers in the context of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Green Tree Financial Corp. v. Randolph.


Valuation Standards For Calculating Icsid Awards, Jason Pan 2014 Pepperdine University

Valuation Standards For Calculating Icsid Awards, Jason Pan

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

This article offers information on the history, development and significance of International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and its approach to award valuation. It analyzes the challenges of implementing the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) valuation standards for calculation of awards during ICSID arbitrations for valuation of property.


Growing Pains And Coming-Of-Age: The State Of International Arbitration In India, Jory Canfield 2014 Pepperdine University

Growing Pains And Coming-Of-Age: The State Of International Arbitration In India, Jory Canfield

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

The article offers information on the history, development and significance of international arbitration in India. It analyzes the decision of the Indian Supreme Court in the case of Bharat Aluminium Co. v. Kaiser Aluminium Technical Services Inc., which marks the era of major changes in Indian law regarding international arbitration. It mentions that development of Indian arbitration law enhances global standards and attitudes toward international dispute resolution in India.


Blending The Law, The Individual, And Traditional Values To Create An Effective Adr System: A Study On The Adr Processes In Rwanda And Nicaragua, Sarah Yance 2014 Pepperdine University

Blending The Law, The Individual, And Traditional Values To Create An Effective Adr System: A Study On The Adr Processes In Rwanda And Nicaragua, Sarah Yance

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

This article offers information on the history, development and significance of the adoption and implementation of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques in Nicaragua and Rwanda. The ADR system addresses the issues of women and children suffering from domestic abuse and from the repercussions of the Rwandan Genocide and helps in rebuilding and restoring traditional values of family and community in the context of human rights.


Luck V. Justice: Consent Intervenes, But For Whom?, Jennifer W. Reynolds 2014 Pepperdine University

Luck V. Justice: Consent Intervenes, But For Whom?, Jennifer W. Reynolds

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

Consent in civil settlements should improve access to and delivery of justice by making luck (chance, contingencies, arbitrariness) less significant in process and outcomes. Consent-based processes and private settlement are supposed to support justice by redistributing decision-making power away from judicial-coercive authorities to the people most affected by the dispute. But consent today has become little more than a pro forma process lever for bypassing regulation, litigation, and other more formal structures. No longer does consent serve as a reliable bulwark against luck distortions and arbitrariness in legal systems. Opening shrink-wrap (consent to arbitrate!), being shunted into compulsory mediation (consent ...


A Tightrope Over Both Your Houses: Ensuring Party Participation And Preserving Mediation's Core Values In Foreclosure Mediation, Heather Scheiwe Kulp 2014 Pepperdine University

A Tightrope Over Both Your Houses: Ensuring Party Participation And Preserving Mediation's Core Values In Foreclosure Mediation, Heather Scheiwe Kulp

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

The article focuses on the laws made for regulating the party's participation in preserving the principles of mediation for the resolution of disputes related to the foreclosure crisis. Topics discussed include the impact of the foreclosure crisis on the housing and domestic markets, the impact of foreclosures on the sales and price value of the houses and the impact of the foreclosure crisis on the economic conditions of the local communities.


Circles Of Trust: Using Restorative Justice To Repair Organizations Marred By Sex Abuse, Meredith C. Doyle 2014 Pepperdine University

Circles Of Trust: Using Restorative Justice To Repair Organizations Marred By Sex Abuse, Meredith C. Doyle

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

This article focuses on the role of restorative justice in repairing the sexual abuse cases of organizations like schools and churches. Topics discussed include efforts of the community members and institution leaders in the prevention of sexual victimization, the role of public apology and restorative justice in restoring the community faith and the role of the criminal justice system in protecting the victims of sexual abuse.


The Use Of Mediation To Settle Prisoner Grievances In Federal Court, Michelle Burns 2014 Pepperdine University

The Use Of Mediation To Settle Prisoner Grievances In Federal Court, Michelle Burns

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

This article discusses the importance of mediation and mediation-like alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods used by the U.S. federal district courts to settle prisoner litigation claims. Topics discussed include laws made for the prisoners for filing their claims in the Federal District Courts under Section 1983, the role of ADR in resolving prisoner grievances and the role of ADR in settling the disputes related to prisoner civil rights.


The Failings Of The Tri-State Water Negotiations: Lessons To Be Learned From International Law, Michael Keene 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

The Failings Of The Tri-State Water Negotiations: Lessons To Be Learned From International Law, Michael Keene

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Flights Of Fancy And Fights Of Fury: Arbitration And Adjudication Of Commercial And Political Disputes In International Aviation, Paul S. Dempsey 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Flights Of Fancy And Fights Of Fury: Arbitration And Adjudication Of Commercial And Political Disputes In International Aviation, Paul S. Dempsey

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Divorce Involving Domestic Violence: Is Med-Arb Likely To Be The Solution?, Dafna Lavi 2014 Pepperdine University

Divorce Involving Domestic Violence: Is Med-Arb Likely To Be The Solution?, Dafna Lavi

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

After an introduction in chapter one, the second chapter of this article presents statistics regarding the phenomenon of domestic violence and presents the definition of “violence” (with its attendant difficulties). The third chapter presents the existing problems regarding the judicial handling of divorce cases in general and those involving violence in particular. The fourth chapter analyzes the academic discourse regarding the issue of mediation of divorce cases involving violence (the position of the proponents and the opponents, as well as the problems of the current situation). The fifth chapter proposes med-arb as addressing the issue of divorce mediation in the ...


Uniform Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Answer To Preventing Unscrupulous Agent Activity, Scott Kestenbaum 2014 Pepperdine University

Uniform Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Answer To Preventing Unscrupulous Agent Activity, Scott Kestenbaum

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

This Note addresses whether there should be an arbitration and mediation section added to both the Uniform Athlete Agent Act (UAAA), and Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act (SPARTA) to establish a uniform dispute resolution process for dealing with unscrupulous acts of athlete agents. This issue is distinctive because while all four professional sports leagues’ players associations have specific arbitration procedures in their athlete agent regulations, the two statutes governing athlete agent conduct do not adopt a uniform policy relating to arbitration procedures. This Note addresses the prior history of state and federal legislation pertaining to an athlete agent, including ...


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