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Bringing up arbitration at a cocktail party is more likely to provoke yawns than excitement, even when one is in the company of fellow members of the bar. But as most every litigator is aware, arbitration issues have become nearly ubiquitous in litigating everything from commercial breach-of-contract disputes to employment-discrimination claims. In many cases, whether claims are subject to an arbitration agreement may be a “make or break” issue – one that can determine whether a lawsuit is worth bringing, whether or when a defendant should settle a case, or whether a particular defendant or cause of action should be included in a complaint.The scope of an arbitration clause – i.e., what claims fall within the language of the provision – frequently is the lynchpin issue in determining whether a party’s claims are subject to mandatory arbitration. Those who undisputedly entered into an agreement to arbitrate have little hope of resisting arbitration … [Read more...] about Is a Broad Arbitration Clause Still Effective After Granite Rock?
Plaintiffs lawyers are advertising on the Internet for clients whose granite countertops are emitting high levels of radon.The lawyers see opportunity in surprising disclosures that a small number of granite countertops contain radioactive uranium that releases radon as it decays, the New York Times reports. Preliminary results from tests by scientists at Rice University found that a handful of 55 granite samples tested emitted radiation at levels 100 times or more above background.Stanley Liebert, the quality assurance director of radon testing company CMT Laboratories said most granite is safe. “But I’ve seen a few that might heat up your Cheerios a little,” he told the newspaper.Ernest Chiodo, a Detroit physician and lawyer with an expertise in toxic tort law, told the Times that many cases may be filed, but few will be winners. “I think it will be like the mold litigation a few years back, where some cases were legitimate and a whole lot were not,” he … [Read more...] about Plaintiffs Lawyers Have New Target: Radon-Emitting Granite Countertops
New Hampshire is commonly referred to as the Granite State. In one recent trademark infringement case, however, a federal court in New Hampshire did not find a likelihood of consumer confusion between website addresses for competing trade schools, where one school uses the term “NH” and the other uses the term “Granite State.”www.nhtradeschool.com and www.nhtradeschool.net – are confusingly similar to Granite State’s own address – www.granitestatetradeschool.com. Upon removal from New Hampshire state court, Granite State filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent NHSMT to use the above-mentioned URLs during pendency of the litigation.An evidentiary hearing on the motion took place shortly thereafter. At the hearing, Granite State offered testimony from its founder to establish that: (i) it had been using its URL continuously since 2006; (ii) it had spent nearly $60,000 on advertising in that period; and (iii) … [Read more...] about In Trademark Dispute, New Hampshire School Website Address Not Taken For Granite
The public, lawmakers and at least one Florida newspaper columnist are outraged about the lavish new “Taj Mahal” courthouse built to house the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee at a cost of some $48 million.Critics doubt that the judges there really needed mahogany trim, granite countertops and a soundproof private bathroom for each jurist—especially at a time when many in the state are struggling financially.But despite the outrage expressed by state senators yesterday at a hearing, the judges who used “sleazy politics to sneak their new palace through the legislature” won, because the appellate judges are now housed in the courthouse, writes, writes a columnist for the St. Petersburg Times.The sound and the fury of lawmakers means nothing, Howard Troxler wrote, unless they take action to prevent the appeals court from benefiting from its successful effort to construct a lavish new courthouse.“Kick the judges out. Make them move. Give them … [Read more...] about Judges Get Mahogany, Granite Counters, Soundproof Toilets and More at New ‘Taj Mahal’ Courthouse