July 25th, 2022 by Rieders Travis in Arbitration

Fineman v. Perr, 2022 Pa. Super. LEXIS 290 (June 30, 2022) (Stabile, J.)  This case deals with arbitration on the former attorney employee and when the breach of an agreement is subject to arbitration with respect to the employment period.  The court affirmed the trial court’s order insofar as it denied application to compel arbitration of breach of employment agreement cause of action.  However, the Superior Court reversed the order insofar as it stayed the arbitrable claims pending the outcome of the court action on the breach of employment agreement claim.  Rather, the court must compel immediate arbitration of the claims that can be arbitrated, stay the judicial action as to the claim subject to arbitration, subject to whether the cause of action on the breach of employment agreement claim is severable from the arbitration claims and proceed as explained above, making a severability determination.  We remand for that reason.

Attorney Cliff Rieders

Attorney Cliff RiedersCliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.

Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.

As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]



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