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DISCLOSURE – Abitrators must disclose their ownership interest in ADR organizations with parties that come before them, the Ninth Circuit has ruled. Alaina Lancaster reports that the appeals court reversed and remanded a district court ruling confirming a final award from arbitration service JAMS in a dispute between energy drink company Monster Energy Co. and City Beverages LLC, DBA Olympic Eagle Distributing. The distributor successfully argued that the parties’ JAMS arbitrator should have revealed his ownership interest in the ADR service, given Monster was a “leading client” participating in nearly one filing a month in recent years.

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