Journal of Business & Technology Law

Business Court News and Developments

  • Sep. 11th, 2008 - Ohio judges recently endorsed a pilot program that will create business courts to expedite disputes business litigation. Business judges will be able to focus on complex modern litigation, but some legislators are concerned that the plan prioritizes business interests at the expense of individuals.
  • Sep. 11th, 2008 - Business advocacy groups in Mississippi say that education and business reforms will promote business in the state. The advocates see establishing a specialized business courts, and reforming the state's tax system as methods of boosting business as additional ways of boosting business.
  • Sep. 9th, 2008 - Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judges voted to set up a special court to handle commercial litigation. According to blogger Alison Grant, the commercial docket is intended to reach speedier resolutions, improve consistency of judicial decisions, and make the region a more atttractive place to do business.
  • Sep. 9th, 2008 - An editorial in a West Virginia Newspaper, The Intelligencer: Wheeling News-Register urges state officials to look into a business focused court system. Referencing a recent pilot program in Ohio, the paper suggested that business-only courts can deal with complex issues with a specialized focus while simultaneously speeding up litigation.
  • Sep. 3rd, 2008 - Beginning in January, five of Ohio's largest counties will offer specialized commercial dockets to handle complex business litigation. The program is expected to expedite decisions and settlements, as well as make rulings more consistent. Set to run for four years, the new business dockets would alleviate up to 20 percent of the caseload in some counties.
  • Sep. 1st, 2008 - A recent article discusses the Supreme Court of Nevada ruling in Stoddart v. Miller and Peccole , a commercial case involving an alleged breach of an oral contract. Finding for the defendants, the Court held that an oral contract is invalid unless the parties had agreed on all related issues at some point. The case reflects the growing complexity of business litigation, which has prompted a growing number of Nevada businesses to turn to business courts and mediation.
  • Jul. 24th, 2008 - New York has recently established state-wide guidelines for mediation. In a New York Law Journal Article Joel Stashenko recently wrote about these guidelines and the impact they will have on the Commercial Division's highly successful mediation program.
  • Jul. 15th, 2008 - Recently the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned a decision of the Buisness Court. The Business Court had refused to approve the dismissal with prejudice of a North Carolina class action, finding that the settlement was not adequate for North Carolina class members. The Court of Appeals reversed finding that the the issues were fully and fairly litigated in the Illinois court. Blogger Mack Sperling talks about the impact of the decision in a recent entry .
  • Jul. 15th, 2008 - On July 15, 2008, Govenor of New Hampshire John Lynch signed a new buisness court system into law. The system is designed to save companies money on arbitration costs and help move complex business litigation more quickly. The New Hampshire Chief Justice expressed his hope in a June 11 article that the system would begin operating this year. The article discusses the advantages of the Business Court system, especially that it will retain current business and make New Hampshire a more desirable destination for doing business.
  • Jun. 10th, 2008 - A June 10th article, notes Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, spoke to business and community leaders about legislative reforms in Mississippi. In the meeting he stressed the need for court reform including the creation of a business court system to "quickly handle cases more, lower litigation costs, improve legal system infrastructure and make the state more attractive to future businesses."

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