Hon. Curtis E. von Kann (Ret.)
, in 42 years as a trial lawyer, trial judge, and ADR neutral, has had hands-on experience with matters involving virtually every field of civil law, including accounting, acquisitions, anti-trust, aviation, bankruptcy, civil rights, class actions, computers, condominiums, construction, consumer protection statutes, contracts, copyright, corporations, defamation, domestic relations, employment, engineering, entertainment, environmental, ERISA, executive compensation, False Claims Act, franchising, government contracts, healthcare, high tech, hospitals, insurance, intellectual property, investments, labor laws, partnerships, patents, personal injury, product liability, professional liability, Qui Tam
, real estate, securities, telecommunications, trademarks, trade secrets, and unfair competition.
Judge von Kann, who is Immediate Past President of the College of Commercial Arbitration, literally wrote the book on business arbitration as Editor-in-Chief of the College’s Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration
and Associate Editor of its Protocols for Expeditious, Cost-Effective Commercial Arbitration
. He has served as sole arbitrator or member (usually chair) of tripartite panels in a wide variety of institutional and ad hoc
cases (see Arbitration Bio) applying rules from JAMS, the American Arbitration Association, the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the International Center for Dispute Resolution as well as specialized party-crafted rules.
Judge von Kann has also mediated a broad array of disputes (see Business/Commercial Bio) in locations throughout the United States and abroad. Mediations have ranged from two parties to 75 parties and from one day to many days. His thoughtful, sensitive, and diligent mediation style has drawn rave reviews from clients. He has also provided neutral case evaluations to one or more parties in a variety of complex cases in aid of settlement.
- Mass Torts. Arbitrated the division among Fortune 100 companies of $1 billion product liability class action payment.
- Environmental. Mediated the allocation of $40 million in Superfund site cleanup costs among Waste Management, state of New Jersey, and 70 industrial generators.
- Intellectual Property. Arbitrated determination of royalty rates to be paid by AOL, MTV, Viacom, and other web casters for Internet streaming of recorded music.
- International High-Tech. Arbitrated claim by U.S. distributor of state-of-the-art dental imaging devices that Korean manufacturer sold the devices to other distributors in violation of an alleged exclusive distributorship agreement.
- Contract. Mediated contractors' competing claims for federal government reimbursement of multi-million dollar hurricane cleanup costs in Puerto Rico.
- Satellites. Arbitrated dispute between satellite radio company and its insurer over whether company’s alleged failure to disclose material information barred it from recovering $80 million for loss of two satellites caused by defective solar arrays.
- ERISA. Mediated claim by union trustees that national supply company improvidently invested most of pension funds in its own stock, which became nearly worthless when company declared bankruptcy.
- Construction/Real Estate. Arbitrated claims of default between owner and developer of the nation's third largest shopping mall.
- Telecommunications. Mediated claim alleging breach of contract and warranty in design and installation of Voice of America satellite antenna tower in Djibouti.
- Insurance. Evaluated $160 million in Medicare claims and counterclaims between U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and two major national insurers.
- Power Plant. Arbitrated competing claims between general contractor and structural steel assembly subcontractor for delay damages allegedly caused by breach of contract and faulty engineering in construction of electric power generation plant.
- Collective Action. Arbitrated claim against employer for allegedly misclassifying employees as exempt and then failing to pay them overtime required by Fair Labor Standards Act for non-exempt employees.
- Resort Development. Arbitrated dispute between partners in development of luxury resort in Virgin Islands concerning alleged mismanagement of the project and breaches of fiduciary duties.
- Class Action. Mediated class action on behalf of home purchasers who contended that charging them a fee to pay for their lenders’ electronic registration of mortgages violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.