I regularly publish a newsletter showcasing articles, court decisions, or news items that I’ve come across that I hope readers will find of interest concerning the subjects that occupy my time and thoughts.  I focus on two principal topics:  legal and business issues concerning alternative dispute resolution (primarily mediation and arbitration), and corporate governance.  Additionally, I look for and try to include two or three articles of general interest that are either humorous or thought-provoking. You may subscribe to receive these newsletters for free. Subscribe

September 2022 Issue read

This Month’s Articles

Corporate Governance

  • Get Into the Quantum Game:  As quantum computing becomes more prevalent, seizing the opportunity to revolutionize could lead to a place as a market leader.  Businesses must be prepared for the shift that will take place once quantum computing takes hold or face challenges leading to the loss of near-term benefits and necessary long-term protections.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • In re Rotavirus Vaccines Antitrust Litigation.  The Third Circuit, in a precedential opinion, held that medical practices could be bound by arbitration agreements entered by purchasing agents.
  • In re: Craig Steven Romanzi.  The parties agreed to arbitration and contracted for a “brief reasoned decision.”  The tribunal issued a single paragraph decision which “while certainly brief, was not reasoned to the [losing party’s] satisfaction.”  The Tribunal issued a supplemental award which was challenged as being functus officio.  Also addressed is the issue of “manifest disregard of the law.”

Articles of General Interest

  • I Play Video Games With My 4-Year-Old, and That’s Ok.  The potential adverse side effects of children playing video games have been discussed since their introduction.  One parent, however, considers the potential positives.  He highlights bonding time and problem solving, and argues that the value of development achieved through a virtual platform is no less worthy than achievements in reality.
  • Facial Expressions Do Not Reveal Emotions.  Experts are split over whether facial movements accurately broadcast our emotions to other people. The issue is not merely academic.  Current AI programs and “experts” are making hiring, sentencing, and other important decisions based on their belief as to the emotions and psychology of a person “revealed” by their facial expressions.  Per the article’s author, just as animal species are a collection of varied individuals, so too are emotions and the facial expressions resulting from them hence variety, not uniformity, is the rule.  Her conclusion:  facial expressions do not reveal what a person is thinking.

Jim Reiman