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German stumbling block to transatlantic trade talks

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned the EU Commission in Brussels that Berlin may withhold its approval of landmark EU-US trade talks over a contentious arbitration mechanism. In a letter addressed to EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, Gabriel insisted that the new provision -- known as the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) -- be excluded from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), because current legislation is sufficient.

Wall St. arbitrator booted for fake credentials heard nearly 40 cases

By Suzanne Barlyn (Reuters) - The outcomes of nearly 40 securities arbitration cases dating back more than 15 years and involving some of Wall Street's most well-known brokerages could be compromised because one of the arbitrators who heard them allegedly lied about being a lawyer. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority on Monday confirmed that it removed the arbitrator, James H. Frank, of Santa Barbara, California, from its roster of arbitrators last year.

Supreme Court won't revive Del. law allowing secret court proceedings in business disputes

WILMINGTON, Del. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday effectively killed a Delaware law that allowed state judges to preside over secret arbitration in high-stakes business disputes. Lower courts had agreed with a Delaware open government group that the 2009 law allowing violated the constitutional right to court proceedings and records, and the justices rejected the state's appeal without comment. Democratic Gov. Jack Markell's office issued a statement from one of several private attorneys hired at taxpayer expense to defend the law.

Supreme Court won't revive Del. law allowing secret court proceedings in business disputes

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has effectively killed a Delaware law that allowed state judges to preside over secret arbitration in high-stakes business disputes. The justices on Monday declined to hear an appeal from the judges on the Delaware court that hears cases involving some of the world's largest corporations. The judges had sought to revive a 2009 law giving them authority to hold secret arbitration proceedings to resolve disputes exceeding $1 million.

Koreas discuss arbitration procedures for Kaesong

SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- An inter-Korean panel on the arbitration of legal disputes discussed details of arbitration procedures and rules at its meeting held on Thursday, the unification ministry said. The meeting at the jointly run factory park in the North's western border city of Kaesong is the first of its kind since 2000 when the rival Koreas adopted a deal on solving legal disputes through arbitration. The two sides had substantial discussions on the arbitration rules to be applied once the panel starts its business, the ministry said.

Koreas discuss arbitration procedures for Kaesong

SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- An inter-Korean panel on the arbitration of legal disputes discussed details of arbitration procedures and rules at its meeting held on Thursday, the unification ministry said. The meeting at the jointly run factory park in the North's western border city of Kaesong is the first of its kind since 2000 when the rival Koreas adopted a deal on solving legal disputes through arbitration. The two sides had substantial discussions on the arbitration rules to be applied once the panel starts its business, the ministry said.

U.S. top court rules against Argentina in arbitration fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated a $185.3 million arbitration award British company BG Group Plc won against Argentina before an appeals court threw it out. On a 7-2 vote, the high court said the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., should not have thrown out the award. Argentina had argued the case should have been litigated in its courts first before it could go to arbitration.

Redford backs controversial bargaining law that judge says stripped union rights

CALGARY - Alberta Premier Alison Redford is standing behind a controversial law that a judge says may violate the basic bargaining rights of the province's largest public-sector union. "We believe the legislation that we passed is appropriate,” Redford said Tuesday. She said her government won't revisit the Public Service Salary Restraint Act, even though Justice Denny Thomas suspended the law last week pending a charter challenge from the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, or AUPE.

Alberta judge issues stay on legislation that would impose contract on union

EDMONTON - An Alberta judge has issued a temporary stay on legislation that would impose a contract on 22,000 government workers at the end of the month if a negotiated deal isn't reached. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is challenging the Public Service Salary Restraint Act in Court of Queen's Bench. A union official says the Court of Queen's Bench judge has put the legislation on hold until Feb. 14 at noon to give him time to consider all the arguments presented in the case.

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LHP Josh Outman became the first of the 146 arbitration filers to settle his case, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Indians on Jan. 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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