July 2012 Archives

Blog #31 (Danny Tartabull)

July 25, 2012

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

Although Danny Tartabull began his Major League career with the Seattle Mariners in 1984, he is more well known from his years with the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees. He also played for the Oakland A's, Chicago White Sox and briefly for the Philadelphia Phillies at the end of his 14 year career (1984-1997). Danny was an All-Star with the Royals in 1991 and signed with the Yankees as a free agent in 1992. He was most known for his power. He hit the 100 RBI plateau four times and hit over 30 homers three times, ending his career with 262. He also appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld. He is the son of former Major Leaguer Jose Tartabull, who played in the big leagues from 1962-1970. I interviewed Danny over breakfast at the Marmalade Café in Calabasas, CA and found him to be friendly, funny and engaging. Here is his Opening Day memory.

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Blog #30 (California Courts Depart From Decade-Long Prohibition of Arbitration Agreements in Consumer Law Context; Brooks Robinson)

July 11, 2012

I would like to thank my colleague Natalie Ikhlassi for this week's legal portion.

California courts have recently signaled an important change in California law concerning the enforceability of arbitration agreements between businesses and consumers. Arbitration is generally a faster, less expensive, and less complicated way to resolve disputes than a lawsuit filed in court. Despite all these benefits, for the last decade, California courts routinely have found that consumers could not be forced to arbitrate their grievances relating to a company's business practices even if they signed an agreement to do so. Specifically, arbitration of Consumers Legal Remedies Act claims for injunctive relief have been prohibited since 1999, and arbitration of claims for public injunctive relief under California's Unfair Competition Law have been prohibited since 2003. The basic reasoning has been that the California legislature did not intend for the arbitration of injunctive relief claims under these consumer statutes. Therefore, businesses could not seek to limit their exposure by requiring consumers to arbitrate their claims.

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