Arbitration

An appeals court in California upheld an arbitration award in a dispute between business partners, finding the losing partners forfeited their claim the arbitrator failed to disclose his alleged impairment due to his use of prescription pain meds. The arbitrator allegedly said the drugs he was taking were “powerful enough to put down a horse,” but the court found this was “humorous hyperbole,” and his written rulings validate his ability to perceive evidence and apply the law.

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Foul Ball

An appeals court in Illinois declined to compel to arbitration a personal injury suit brought against Major League Baseball by a woman who was hit in the face by a foul ball while attending a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. The court ruled that there was a low likelihood that a ticket holder would “actually find, obtain, and read the full arbitration provision by accessing the Cub’s website or visiting the administrative office.”

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Police Firing

An appeals court in Ohio ruled against the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association in its suit challenging the firing of former police officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Loehmann wasn’t fired for the deadly 2014 shooting but was fired two-and-a-half years later for lying on his application to become a Cleveland police officer.

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Rideshare for Kids

An appeals court in California ruled in favor of Zum drivers who claim the company, an app that allows customers to schedule rides for children, misclassified them as independent contractors. The trial court compelled the case to arbitration but the drivers filed their claims under the Private Attorneys General Act, so they cannot be compelled into arbitration.

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