Dear Reader, welcome to my first column covering mediation, arbitration, and all things ADR! In reflecting on the role of this column, which we have revived after a one-year hiatus, I aim to keep you up to date on the latest cases, and maybe share some reflections, space permitting. The deluge of arbitration cases never stops (by my count, there were about 60 published decisions in the past year). Space and time constraints mean that I will likely give you mostly big-picture overviews of the most important casesâenough to pique your interest so you can decide which ones are worth reading and digging into further. As important arbitration decisions often come down in wage-and-hour cases, I will aim not to cover anything that my fellow columnists and contributors have already written about. (On that note, I highly recommend you take a look at our November 2022 features discussing Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, 142 S. Ct. 1906 (2022), and its impact on PAGA cases, as well as this month’s column by Lauren Teukolsky covering some post-Viking decisions.) This issue’s column will focus on some recent cases worth noting, going back several months.
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