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The Global Impact of Trustlaw Connect

The Global Impact of Trustlaw Connect

TrustLaw Connect has 230 teams of lawyers found all across the world. These teams work tirelessly with NGOs and social entrepreneurs, strengthening their programs and teaching today’s best legal practices. This piece for the Thomas Reuters Foundation acknowledges TrustLaw Connect’s global impact by highlighting four outstanding case studies.

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Arbitrator’s Creative IP Remedy Furthered “General Aims of Agreement”

In a dispute over whether an arbitrator has authority to grant a video game developer and publisher a perpetual license in the intellectual property as a remedy for the developer’s fraud and breaches of contract, the Fifth Circuit found that the arbitrator’s creative award must be upheld under the Federal Arbitration Act, and set forth new guidance for courts confronting similar issues.

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Is My Case Ripe for Settlement?

A cake recipe says to add all of the required ingredients, and then place it in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. The chef, who is in a rush, takes a shortcut and leaves out an important cooling process and places the cakes in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, hoping for a good result. Instead, the chef has unhappy customers when the resulting product is not satisfactory in taste and texture.

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What Matters Most at Impasse

I remember reading a piece by a newspaper columnist who described the process by which someone in that field can finally claim to have mastered the trade. The aspiring newspaper columnist starts with a head full of ideas. He might even have rough drafts or outlines for many weeks’ worth of columns in a bottom desk drawer. But after about a year of doing the column, all of those ideas are going to be exhausted, and the columnist will have nothing left in the storehouse to draw from.

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Mediating with Insurance Companies: Ten Ways to be Successful

It’s no secret that insurance carriers have altered their practices in the past several years. Authority and independent judgment they previously possessed has been removed from adjusters, managers, and supervisors as executives in the companies strive for uniformity in claims handling and ironclad control over settlement decisions. Rarely at mediation is there a person present from an insurance carrier with genuine ability to be flexible and exercise individual judgment beyond parameters established in advance.

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All-Public Arbitrator Panels: FINRA’s Illusion of Fairness

On January 31, 2011 in response to an outcry from investors and their attorneys, FINRA implemented a new rule that allows investors to choose whether they want an all-public arbitration panel, or a majority public panel, which includes a securities industry arbitrator. Since this rule has been announced, investors have chosen all-public arbitration panels more often than not.

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When To Go With Your Gut

Whether you are recruiting a new colleague, naming a product, or planning an investment, there are no easy decisions. Should you analyze the options slowly and systematically, or stop thinking so hard and just go with your gut?

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