201806.06
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Employment Arbitration: Controversy Unleashed

BY GREGG BERTRAM COPYRIGHT 2018 It is no secret that arbitration has in general become a controversial alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process.  In recent years there have been many challenges to the validity and fairness of arbitration awards by litigants aggrieved by unfavorable arbitration results. Forced employment arbitration in particular has received heated criticism from…

201805.07
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Profile of the Month: Gregory L. Bertram

Gregg Bertram, M.A., J.D., LL.M. is one of the most experienced and successful mediators in the U.S. He is the founder and CEO of Pacific ADR Consulting, LLC, a Pacific Northwest mediation and arbitration service provider. In 2015, Attorney Gregg Bertram founded Pacific ADR Consulting, LLC, a Northwest mediation and arbitration service provider. Gregg and Pacific…

201610.31
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CLE Seminar Agenda: ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION

GENERAL INFO: Date & Time: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 1pm-3pm Location: The Little London Plane, 322 Occidental Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104 Credits: 2 CLE credits Fee: $100.00 per person Note: Seating is limited to 25 people. Please RSVP at casemanager@pacificadrconsulting.com AGENDA: ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION Presented by: Pacific ADR Consulting-Copyright 2016 Speakers:…

201610.26
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Commercial Arbitration: How Arbitrators Think

By Gregg Bertram Pacific ADR  Copyright 2016 Even though currently under attack from many quarters, arbitration remains at this writing a popular means of resolving commercial and other disputes.  Unlike civil litigation in the court system, however, rarely is there a record of arbitration proceedings.  Indeed, many arbitration agreements expressly require that it be a…

201610.07
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Pre-dispute Arbitration Takes Another Hit

by Gregg Bertram A new regulation promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services bans federally funded long term care facilities, i.e. nursing homes, from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements.  Pre-dispute arbitration clauses have heretofore been common provisions in nursing home residency agreements. The new regulation provides for the…

201609.29
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Arbitration in the News: Tillman v. Rheingold

ARBITRATION NEWS: 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS ALLOWS CASE TO CONTINUE IN FEDERAL COURT AFTER PLAINITFF IN ARBITRATION COULD NO LONGER PAY ARBITRATION FEES. In the recent case of Tillman v. Rheingold, ____ F.2d. _______ (9th Cir. NO. 13-56624, 2016), a legal malpractice case, the plaintiff’s agreement with her law firm in a wrongful death…

201609.27
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Arbitration in the News: Recap

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR VETOES SENATE BILL THAT WOULD PLACE NEW RESTRICTIONS UPON ARBITRATORS AND ADR SERVICE PROVIDERS On September 25, 2016 California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1078.  The bill would have prohibited arbitrators from accepting future employment as dispute resolution neutrals from any lawyer or party to a pending arbitration until the arbitration was…