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Orlowski: Adjusting arbitration for the age of COVID-19

One alternative dispute resolution option to consider during the pandemic is expedited arbitration. Both the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) offer an “expedited” or “fast track” option for dispute resolution that truly accelerates the proceedings.

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Taking a seat at the table: Women neutrals underrepresented in some fields

In the field of alternative dispute resolution, diversity appears to be making fewer gains than in the legal profession as a whole. A 2018 article in the ABA Journal reported that, generally, studies show women comprising around 20% of the national ADR field. Similarly, American Bar Association Resolution 105 calls dispute resolution “arguably the least diverse corner of the profession.”

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OneAmerica GC Zurek retires, joins Chicago firm

The long-serving general counsel of OneAmerica Financial has left the Indianapolis company and has transitioned to an of counsel role at a Chicago law firm. Thomas M. Zurek retired from OneAmerica on April 1 and is now serving as of counsel in the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin LLP. 

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COA: Arbitration agreements in investment case enforceable

After a married couple that filed a complaint against their retirement investors for significant decreases in investment funds appealed a trial court order to compel arbitration, the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded arbitration agreements between the parties were enforceable and subject to the Federal Arbitration Act.

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Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled employers can prohibit workers from banding together to dispute their pay and conditions in the workplace, an important victory for business interests. The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court’s conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration, not the courts, to resolve disputes.

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