The Jury BoxIt should be no surprise that civil trials with juries are on a downward trend.  A recent Dallas Morning News article cites a number of factors from tort reform, the expense of trial, activist judges, binding arbitration, and the Texas Supreme Court. 

The most surprising was the theory that Judges distrust juries and therefore would rather

          

Last week we talked about the considerations, frankly negative considerations, employers and business owners should consider before they go to trial. That post raises the following question: What, if any benefit is there to a trial for a company?

Frankly, I am not sure there are any, unless demands made by the Plaintiff are so

          

I know it’s been a while since my last post, but a trial always gets in the way of blog posts.  So after the dust has settled on the trial I have a few thoughts  on what business owners and employers should always consider when considering the pros/cons of

                                        

In a previous entry I addressed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’  recent ruling making arbitration awards virtually impossible to appeal in Citigroup Global Markets Inc. v. Bacon

A few weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an arbitration agreement that required employees who were parties to a collective bargaining agreement to arbitrate