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Arbitrator Goldberg accepted appointment as an arbitrator of two police discharge cases, each of which had a voluminous history of acrimony and litigiousness by the grievants against their employer, and also against their union (the latter including DFR claims). Arbitrator Goldberg ruled against each grievant, and each grievant filed a motion to overturn the ruling …

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The author addresses whether arbitrators face improper conflicts of interest when trying to please repeat-player clients or when serving as party-appointed arbitrator advocates.

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Applying, literally, a state statutory definition of bias based upon nondisclosure, the California appellate court vacated an award by Arbitrator Kagel, even though no actual bias was shown. The Court made clear that its ruling would not apply to collective bargaining cases but Arbitrator Kagel advises that disclosure be made of prior services rendered as …

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The sequel to an article in the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and Arbitration Journal, addressed herein is the duty of disclosure. Results of a prior survey of thirty (30) questions based on actual disclosure situations are reviewed in detail and discussed in the context of applicable codes of ethics, case law and committee reports.

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