Heather Adams Authors Article Explaining Issues Related to Arbitration Motions and Questions of Jurisdiction

Smith Anderson lawyer, Heather Adams, recently authored the article Arbitration Motions and Federal Question Jurisdiction as published by the North Carolina Bar Association beginning on page one in the June 2006 The Litigator.

Given the growing popularity of arbitration to resolve disputes, the article addresses several pertinent questions that North Carolina lawyers should consider when determining jurisdiction for arbitration matters. These include:

* Assuming no diversity in citizenship, when may a party file a motion to compel arbitration in federal court?
* When is state court the proper jurisdiction?
* What about motions to confirm, modify or vacate an arbitration award?

To help North Carolina lawyers understand and make sense of the complexities of this issue, Ms. Adams reviews judicial treatment of cases from a variety of courts to substantiate and explain her conclusions.

If you would like a copy of the article, please contact Marie Duncan at mduncan@smithlaw.com.

An experienced litigator, Ms. Adams focuses her practice on Contract Disputes and Commercial Litigation; Corporate and Securities Litigation; Appellate Advocacy; Antitrust; and Intellectual Property Litigation. Her diverse experience includes breach of contract and tortuous interference with contract cases; copyright, trademark, and patent infringement cases; unfair and deceptive trade practice cases; fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty cases; securities fraud class actions; consumer finance class actions; and corporate governance disputes. Since 2005, Ms. Adams has served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Business Litigation Committee.

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