DOJ Sends Merger Challenge to Arbitration

Those of us in law’s antitrust community sometimes wonder if we have silently labored in distant fields, known only to “deep-state intellectuals” in the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission. As arbitrators or mediators, we wait patiently by the phone—happily taking on a wide range of business disputes, but seldom seeing cases in our favored […]

Engrossing Discussion at First Annual Law Firm Roundtable

  On October 26, 2017, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC, hosted SVAMC’s first Law Firm Roundtable:  A gathering of 13 senior lawyers from ten of Silicon Valley’s major firms, co-sponsored by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (“CPR”).  Chris Compton moderated the program, joined by SVAMC’s Chairman Gary Benton, CEO Les Schiefelbein […]

Google’s Waymo vs. Uber: A Legal Skirmish Amongst Tech Rivals

You may have noticed a little skirmish underway between Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car unit, and rival Uber, described as “what could be a long and acrimonious battle between the two tech rivals over trade secrets” in their efforts to commercialize self-driving cars. In its San Francisco’s federal court litigation, Waymo claims that its ex-employee Anthony […]

AAA Releases its Dispute Resolution Impact Report

Reminding us that business-to-business (B2B) disputes comprise its “core activity and services,” the American Arbitration Association recently released supporting statistics for 2015. See: B2B Dispute Resolution Impact Report, 2015 Key Statistics Over the past year, AAA administered 8360 B2B cases, involving total claims of over $13 billion.  The average ‘large case’ claim was $5,685,996.  There were […]

Why Tech Companies Should Embrace ADR (Part III)

Previously, on CTCC Blog: Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center was founded on the belief that the technology community has been slow to embrace ADR, a primary reason being the absence of an identified group of great neutrals with deep experience in high tech business.  Technology enterprises, large and small, have defining characteristics making them […]

Why Technology Companies Should Embrace ADR (Part II)

In an earlier post I proposed that the special attributes of technology companies seem to have made them less likely to embrace arbitration and mediation solutions; and that a major reason was their perception that there were few highly regarded neutrals who also had benefitted from long immersion in high tech markets—whether as lawyers, business […]

Why Technology Companies Should Embrace ADR (Part I)

As we considered the founding of Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, we had to ask the essential question: Why? What is the problem in need of a solution? Can we add real value to the mélange of arbitral institutions around the world, already comprising thousands of lawyers and industry experts? The foundational issue, on […]