An increasing number of contracts contain arbitration clauses. But not all arbitration clauses are equally clear, precise, and specific–or equally enforceable. Like other contract clauses, an arbitration clause may be invalidated under general principles of contract law. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an arbitration clause may be invalid if it is indefinite, fraudulent […]

Businesses in the United States have used arbitration clauses in contracts for many years. The purpose of these clauses is to encourage (or require) that contract disputes be settled in arbitration rather than by litigation and trial. Consumer and employment contracts frequently include arbitration clauses. As Internet-based businesses have exploded over the past fifteen years, […]

During arbitration, evidence and testimony are presented at a formal arbitration hearing. Discovery may occur before then, but its scope usually is limited by the parties’ agreement or the arbitrator rules. After the arbitration hearing, the arbitrator issues a decision, known as an “award.” Arbitration may be binding or non-binding. Most arbitrations held in the […]

Arbitration is a common form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which parties agree to resolve a dispute by submitting it to one or more neutral decision-makers, or arbitrators, for decision.  Arbitration consists of a formal hearing, similar to a trial, where the parties are represented by legal counsel and present evidence and testimony. The […]

The most common form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is mediation. During a mediation, a neutral third party (often a retired judge or experienced attorney) works with the parties to try to reach a settlement of their dispute. The mediator does so by focusing on the disputed issues and exploring possible options for settlement. Mediation […]

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is so named because it provides an “alternative” to litigating a civil dispute before a court in a bench or jury trial. The most popular forms of ADR are mediation and arbitration, although other options exist. Litigation is when a lawsuit is filed in a court of law. A lawsuit typically […]

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) offers a way for parties to resolve business disputes without going through a civil trial. ADR may take place before or after a lawsuit is filed. Many contracts, including construction, securities and Internet terms-of-service contracts, increasingly require ADR before or instead of trial. Generally speaking, courts have found these provisions enforceable. […]

The law firm of O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. is pleased to announce that Grant C. Killoran has been re-elected by the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors to serve another two-year term as one of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s five Delegates to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Established […]

While litigators most likely are familiar with the various state and federal local court rules impacting courtroom practice in their geographic areas, they may not be as familiar with the local rules for courts in other areas in which they do not usually practice but have a case. Wisconsin’s state courts have various different sets […]

Grant Killoran and Patrick McBride, shareholders in the Litigation Practice Group at O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., recently were selected by the Irish Voice Newspaper to the 2015 Irish Legal 100. First introduced in 2009, the Irish Legal 100 is a listing of leading legal figures across the United States and honors accomplished […]