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Mother-Son Dispute Over Memorabilia Auction

Federal judge in Orange County kept a temporary restraining order intact for at least two more days. The dispute is over whether the auction house working for Kobe Bryant’s mother is legally entitled to sell nearly 1,000 pieces of personal memorabilia of the NBA superstar’s youth. The judge said, “I think there’s more here than $1.5 million in memorabilia. There’s hurt feelings and I just wonder if arbitration [in private] isn’t the best way [to resolve the dispute].”

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Adidas Conflict Nears Closure

An agreement has been reached between Adidas and a union representing workers from an Indonesian factory: “The agreement reached between the Adidas Corporation and the PT Kizone workers comes as the latest development in reaction to a situation where 2,700 former workers were denied $1.8 million in legally mandated severance pay after the Indonesian factory closed in 2011.”

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IRB Appoints Mediator for Arlington-Horsemen Dispute

Retired Cook County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Burke will serve as mediator to increasingly increasingly bitter dispute over a contract between Arlington Park and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “The mediator has entered the fray because Illinois Racing Board Chairman William Berry is hoping to avoid a scenario similar to last year’s when a contract dispute wasn’t resolved until 39 hours before the start of the Arlington meeting.”

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Taxpayers to Pay Millions for Rams' Lawyer Fees

City’s Convention and Visitor’s Commission (CVC) which runs the Edward Jones Dome recently found itself in arbitration with the Rams over a dispute involving an upgrade to the Dome. The arbitrator ruled that the dome cannot be a top-level NFL stadium unless the CVC spends over 700 million to re-build the structure, and awarded the Rams with its legal fees, approximately two million.

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Olympic Ski Champion wins Doping Appeal at CAS

Skiing champion Andrus Veerpalu wins appeal against a three-year doping ban on grounds that there were “procedural flaws” which might have resulted in a false positive test. The Court of Arbitration for Sport noted, “that there were many factors in this case which tend to indicate that Andrus Veerpalu did in fact himself administer exogenous HGH.”

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Arbitration Ends Without a Single Hearing

For the first time since 1974 (when baseball arbitration began), 133 players who filed for arbitration settled without a hearing: “Baseball’s previous record low was three hearings, set in 2005 and matched in 2009 and 2011. The high was 35 hearings in 1986.”

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Speeding up Legal Process in Harness Racing

Suspension of a racing license requires due process due to the heightened significance given by the United States Supreme Court (in 1979): a racing license, unlike a license to hunt or fish, is an occupational license. The license is a property right and protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution are invoked which explains the lengthy time it takes for the racing commission to ultimately suspend a license.

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Performance-Enhanced Arbitration?

For those of us in the arbitration world, the closing ceremony which took place on August 12th, 2012 not only marked the end of the London Olympic Games. It also signaled the conclusion of the jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (‘CAS’) Ad hoc division (the ‘CAS AHD’), the only institution which aims to constitute a tribunal and render a final award within 24 hours. This is of particular relevance in the context of emergency arbitrators.

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Court Dismisses Lance Armstrong Lawsuit Against USADA

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, held that Lance Armstrong agreed to arbitrate at least some of his claims. The court found that Armstrong agreed to abide by USA Cycling’s rules and those rules incorporate the USADA Protocol, which requires athletes to contest doping sanctions through arbitration. In addition, the court, citing R-7 of the Supplementary Procedures, concluded that “Armstrong clearly and unmistakably agreed to arbitrate the question of arbitrability.”

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Reflections on the Olympic Arbitration System

In this installment of the ADR Times VLOG series, Olympic arbitrator Maidie Oliveau and athlete lawyer Howard Jacobs share their candid reflections on the current Olympics arbitration system. Mrs. Oliveau was one of twelve arbitrators selected worldwide to be on the London Olympic Games arbitration panel, and she spoke here as part of an ADR Times round table discussion with acclaimed sports law neutral Alan Rothenberg and sports law mediator and arbitrator Jeff Benz.

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Sports Court Denies Irish Equestrian’s Appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it rejected Denis Lynch’s challenge of Horse Sport Ireland because it had no authority to hear the case. Irish officials had nominated Cian O’Connor to replace Lynch getting one of two entries in individual jumping. Lynch was originally selected then withdrawn after his horse, Lantinus, was disqualified from a recent event because of health issues.

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Mediation Ends with Greener L.A. Stadium

Anschutz Entertainment Group has agreed to add more specific pollution mitigation strategies to its proposal to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles after a harsh critique from an environmental group that has been a crucial supporter of the project. After a month-long mediation with the Natural Resources Defense Council, AEG has offered to devote at least 17.5% of its eventual carbon mitigation budget to funding local measures such as tree-planting and solar panel installations, attorney William Delvac said Monday.

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CAS dismisses Olympic challenge from Irish boxer

Irish Boxer Joseph Ward requested arbitration when he was not picked to go to the London Olympics. The CAS decisions said, “Indeed, Ward would not have qualified for any open slot had any such slot been made available based on his claim that Bosko Draskovic was not eligible by the Tripartite Commission.”

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