Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Construction Industry: Emerging Trends and Developments


The economic disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with recent court cases, have triggered waves of issues in the construction industry. These developments further complicate the regulatory landscape, particularly the concept of the limitation of liability clauses, the remedy of alleged defects under the Arizona Purchaser Dwelling Actions Act, and other statutory rules. With the various methods of preparing requirements and procedural steps, businesses need to know what option best suits their case to implement effective resolution strategies.

Construction Disputes: Strategies and Best Practices to Manage Complexities and Challenges


Construction claims, which typically arise from disagreements, failed obligations, or violations on construction contracts, can be challenging and time-consuming. Failure to effectively manage and resolve such disputes can have a profound effect on a project’s lifecycle and deter good relationship between parties.

Winning Strategies During Trials: What You Need to Know and Consider


The increasing complexity of commercial litigation remains evident as regulatory changes and judicial developments continue to reshape the landscape. More significantly, the expected surge of COVID-19 related litigation filings underscores the need for organizations and their lawyers to be well-equipped in approaching potential disputes and trials. Time-tested trial techniques will become even more important as courts begin to drive their docket backlogs to trial over the next year.

International Arbitration: Practical Tips and Best Strategies


International arbitration has historically been considered a cheaper and faster way than litigation to settle disputes. However, some question whether that remains true today in light of the so-called “due process paranoia,” where tribunals allow too much procedural latitude at the expense of additional time and cost to the parties.  Before choosing international arbitration as a resolution method, in-house counsel need to understand the current pros and cons of this dispute resolution method.  And with an ever-evolving backdrop, litigators need up-to-date knowledge and strategies to gain favorable results for their clients, including understanding the different international arbitration regimes, how best to research potential arbitrators’ backgrounds, best practices for framing the matter to the tribunal, cost-effective and results-driven discovery techniques, and data protection and enforcement of settlement arrangements.

FINRA Arbitrations: A Comprehensive Guide for 2020 and Beyond


New regulatory and legislative developments continue to reshape the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration landscape. One of the sweeping changes today is FINRA’s temporary shift to remote operations and virtual arbitrations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Proper planning and assessment of the "new normal" must be carefully considered by practitioners to avoid the pitfalls which virtual hearings may entail. Other significant updates include FINRA’s overhaul of its Membership Application Program (MAP) rules and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) approval of FINRA rule setting a minimum fee for brokers’ expungement request.

Leveraging Discovery in International Arbitration: Managing Potentials and Perils


Under 28 U.S.C. Section 1782, U.S. federal courts are authorized to order or withhold discovery “for use in a proceeding in a foreign or international tribunal.” However, due to the existing disparity in arbitral proceedings, discovery assistance proceeds with varying conclusions among circuit courts. As a result, debates continue to emerge on the use of Section 1782, considering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests given to private entities in collecting evidence for foreign arbitrations.

Dispute Resolution Tools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Key Considerations


COVID-19 may delay judicial proceedings all over the world, but it cannot stall the emergence of new disputes. The proliferation of conflicts across industries can even increase given the economic disruptions resulting from the enforced lockdowns. With this current backdrop, litigation may not be the best way for parties to deal with conflict.

A Practical Guide to Employee Arbitration Agreements: What You Need to Know


Over the past years, employee arbitration agreements have been helpful in preventing employment-related lawsuits. If properly executed, arbitration clauses provide several benefits to both employers and employees. These benefits include the resolution of claims away from the public, the ability to select the arbitrator, and the faster process by which conflicts are resolved. Arbitration of claims is also significant in redirecting employment-related cases from overburdened courts.

FINRA Arbitration: Current Issues and Practice Tips for 2022


As part of its mandate to ensure that investors and regulators have the information they need regarding broker-dealer operations, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) continues to initiate significant efforts in improving the expungement framework. One of the top priorities in its anticipated regulatory notice is to revisit the proposed policy changes for the expungement processes, particularly concerning the rules for specialized arbitration panels. It underscores the need for arbitrators to look closely at any FINRA developments to develop an effective litigation strategy.

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