By: Svetlana Gitman, Vice President, AAA-ICDR® Commercial Division
When faced with a disagreement that needs resolution, finding the right arbitrator is pivotal. Yet choosing the right arbitrator requires more than just picking a name from a list—it requires strategic thinking and careful consideration of various factors. A common scenario where attorneys ask their colleagues for feedback on particular individuals is not sufficient; however, asking
A class-action litigation against a major corporation with multiple restaurant franchises was de-certified, resulting in thousands of current and former employees ordered to pursue their claims for off-the-clock overtime and side work individually by mediation and/or arbitration.
By: Lance Tanaka, Vice President, AAA® Commercial Division
The cannabis industry has gravitated toward using arbitration to resolve its disputes. Because some jurisdictions do not recognize authority over disputes in this field, accessing justice in court for cannabis-industry parties continues to be a challenge.
Named after Charlotte E. Ray, the first Black woman to be admitted to a bar in the U.S., the Ray Corollary Initiative (RCI), Inc. aims “to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion [DEI] in the selection of arbitrators, mediators, and other ADR neutrals” to 30% diverse and offers a plan to do so.
To this end, three categories of those associated with alternative dispute resolution are asked to sign the RCI pledge to do their parts to increase the number of diverse