Arbitration Strengthened by New Supreme Court Decision

Tue 15 Jan 03:52 | Posted by on News

Although dismissed by The New York Times as “a minor arbitration case,” Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer & White Sales, Inc. (17-1272), appears to be a significant strengthening of the right to compel arbitration. Written by newly-confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh and announced on January 8, 2019, Schein centers on the threshold issue present in many cases involving arbitration clauses in contracts, namely, whether a court or an arbitrator gets to decide whether or not a …

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Chancery Court Special Master

Sat 12 Jan 06:00 | Posted by on News

The Chancery Court of Shelby County appointed BHAMM member Paul A. Matthews to assist the court by serving as Special Master in a case pending before that court. Paul recently filed his 84-page Report and Recommendations, which the Chancellor adopted, and he is continuing in that capacity to further assist the court and the parties.   

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6th Circuit Declares Tennessee’s Cap on Punitive Damages Unconstitutional

Fri 11 Jan 05:53 | Posted by on News

Punitive damages, that is, damages designed to punish the person against whom the punitive damages are assessed rather than simply compensate the person or entity harmed, are available in certain types of cases where the person or entity sued is found to have acted intentionally or recklessly in causing serious harm. Traditionally, punitive damage awards could be quite large and thus much feared by defendants. Several years ago Tennessee legislators opted to severely limit punitive …

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Rural Heritage Trust

Wed 2 Jan 10:12 | Posted by on News

Paul Matthews serves as an officer and trustee of the Rural Heritage Trust of Southwest Tennessee, Inc., a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization. He co-founded the Trust in 2016 with Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle and Susan Jones. Its objectives include:  To investigate and record, and to foster appreciation for, the heritage of constituent  municipalities, communities, and countryside; To sustain the area’s natural and agricultural characteristics and sense of place and enhance its quality of life; To …

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Freddie Mac SBL Program

Tue 1 Jan 04:53 | Posted by on News

Robert “Bob” Pinstein heads the BHAMM team as single counsel for Freddie Mac in closing loans originated nationwide under the Small Balance Loan project. Freddie Mac rolled out the program in 4Q 2014 and immediately sought legal counsel to represent it and its loan originating lenders (sellers/servicers) in what has become a hugely successful venture to create a source of mortgage lending in the $1-5+ million market.  BHAMM was a logical choice for Freddie Mac, …

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