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August 4, 1999 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. government was ordered Tuesday to pay the heirs of amateur filmmaker Abraham Zapruder $16 million for seizing one of the nation's most macabre artifacts--the 26-second film capturing President John F. Kennedy's final moments. An arbitration panel charged with determining the value of the film said that the figure might be on the low side.
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BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
General Mills Inc., maker of Cheerios and other grocery staples, has reversed a recent change to its online legal policy after an outcry by consumers. The policy had been quietly updated last week to include terms under which any dispute with the company would have to be decided through arbitration, a change first reported by the New York Times last week. Critics and legal experts said the new terms could cost consumers their right to sue in court if they merely "liked" General Mills' social media pages, downloaded coupons from its website or entered any company-sponsored contests.
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SPORTS
February 1, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers and catcher A.J. Ellis have agreed on a one-year contract that guarantees him $3.55 million and avoids an arbitration hearing. Ellis, 32, batted .238 last season with 10 home runs, 52 runs batted in and a .318 on-base percentage. He also threw out 28 of the 63 who tried to steal bases. The Dodgers' pitchers and catchers report to spring training at Camelback Ranch in Arizona on Feb. 8. Ellis and Tim Federowicz enter camp as the projected major league catchers, but the Dodgers also have veteran Drew Butera for depth.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Trout could have rejected the Angels' overtures this winter, signed a series of one-year deals through arbitration, become a free agent at age 26 and inked the largest contract in baseball history in 2017. Then the star center fielder saw the salaries in the final three years of the six-year, $144.5-million extension he ultimately signed, he considered his age (22) and the security the deal would provide, and the prospect of hitting the open market in 2017 didn't tug so much on his heart - or purse - strings.
SPORTS
October 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Nearly two years since Granada Hills Kennedy Principal Suzanne Blake put former baseball Coach Manny Alvarado on administrative leave in November 2011, and later tried to suspend him 15 days after an alleged hazing incident involving students outside the school weight room, an arbitrator has ruled in Alvarado's favor. "I feel after so many years, my word should be trusted," said Alvarado, who was Kennedy's baseball coach for 24 years until he was replaced before last season. "It's nice to have somebody say I was right.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The battle between entertainment journalist Nikki Finke and Jay Penske, the owner of Deadline Hollywood, the website she founded and has since left, has been turned up a notch. Late Monday, Penske Media Corp., whose holdings include Deadline Hollywood and Daily Variety, said it was initiating arbitration with Finke, which means a third party will resolve their differences. Finke departed Deadline Hollywood earlier this month after clashing with Penske over multiple issues, and said she was going to start her own site that would cover Hollywood news.
BUSINESS
August 28, 1988
I rarely agree with Harry Bernstein, but he was on the money in one portion of his Aug. 16 column ("Fire-at-Will Clauses Put Force of Law Behind Unfair Play") discussing arbitration as a way of resolving employer-employee disputes. Too many employers and employees think that arbitration is limited to the union sector. It need not be. An increasing number of non-union employers have arbitration agreements with their employees. They divert from the courtroom disputes that are better resolved by objective, experienced employment professionals.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
General Mills Inc., maker of Cheerios and other grocery staples, has reversed a recent change to its online legal policy after an outcry by consumers. The policy had been quietly updated last week to include terms under which any dispute with the company would have to be decided through arbitration, a change first reported by the New York Times last week. Critics and legal experts said the new terms could cost consumers their right to sue in court if they merely "liked" General Mills' social media pages, downloaded coupons from its website or entered any company-sponsored contests.
SPORTS
February 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Ryan Braun, the reigning National League MVP, won his appeal of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug and had his 50-game suspension overturned by an arbitrator. MLB and the players' union announced the decision Thursday. Rob Manfred, MLB's vice president for labor relations, was incensed at the ruling, saying in a statement: "Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our clubs and all of the players who take the field.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels avoided arbitration with new third baseman David Freese and returning reliever Kevin Jepsen on Friday, signing Freese for $5.05 million and Jepsen for $1.46 million. Both players settled at the exact midpoints of the difference between the salary figures they and the team exchanged in mid-January. It appeared the case of Freese, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Peter Bourjos trade in November, might go to a hearing because the sides were $1.9 million apart, a considerable gap. Freese, the National League championship series and World Series most valuable player in 2011 for the Cardinals, hit .262 with a .340 on-base percentage, .381 slugging percentage, nine home runs and 60 runs batted last season.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 If there's one big lesson learned from last week's arbitration victory by four private schools over the CIF Southern Section, it's that the section will no longer decide to move private schools from their sports areas for competitive equity reasons. Twice the Southern Section has tried to move La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's, believing its bylaws provided authority to do so. Twice the schools have won legal decisions to stay put. "There's a message, and we have to accept that message," Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod said.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's have  won their arbitration cases against the CIF Southern Section and will remain in their current sports areas for the upcoming re-leaguing cycle from 2014-18. It will force the Northern Area, Mt. SAC and parochial areas to meet again and start over their re-leaguing process. Those areas had already created new leagues without the four schools. The Southern Section was scheduled to release its new playoff divisions for football on March 16, but that is expected to be delayed.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's have won their arbitration cases against the CIF Southern Section and will remain in their current sports areas for the upcoming re-leaguing cycle from 2014-18, according to the decision announced Friday by a retired judge. It will force the schools in the Northern Area, Mt. SAC and parochial areas to meet again and restart their re-leaguing process. Those areas already had created new leagues without the four schools.
SPORTS
March 2, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Lights, camera, action! It's time for some arbitration hardball. Attorneys representing four private schools and the CIF Southern Section will gather Tuesday and Wednesday to present their arguments as part of a binding arbitration hearing to determine whether Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's will have to switch sports leagues in the fall. It's similar to one of those Major League Baseball arbitration hearings, in which the team and the player each submit a contract figure and the arbitrator chooses one. In this case, each school will present its arguments, the Southern Section will present its response and the arbitrator will make a decision within a week.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout has yet to play a game this season but already has broken a record. The Angels signed Trout to a one-year, $1-million contract on Wednesday, the highest salary ever for a one-year deal with a player not yet eligible for salary arbitration. The previous record of $900,000 was shared by Albert Pujols (2003) and Ryan Howard (2007). Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto called the deal a "landmark. " "I think it's fitting," Dipoto said. "I think Mike has earned it. We're glad to provide it. He's an extraordinary player.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout wore a million-dollar smile Wednesday. It was a good day for him and the Angels, with the anticipation of a much better day in the very near future. The Angels signed Trout to a one-year, $1-million contract, avoiding the rancor of the renewal process and setting the stage for agreement on a long-term extension. Trout's salary is the highest for a one-year deal with a player not yet eligible for salary arbitration. The previous record of $900,000 was shared by Albert Pujols (2003)
SPORTS
December 2, 2009 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels, as expected, offered arbitration on Tuesday to pitcher John Lackey and third baseman Chone Figgins, assuring them of maximum draft-pick compensation should the free agents sign elsewhere. But in something of a surprise, the team did not offer arbitration to veteran reliever Darren Oliver, the 39-year-old left-hander who was 5-1 with a 2.71 earned-run average in 63 games last season, when he earned $3.665 million. The Angels also did not offer arbitration to outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, so they will not receive a draft pick should the 35-year-old slugger depart after six years in Anaheim.
SPORTS
September 7, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Two days before the start of their season, the New Orleans Saints have already notched a major victory. The suspensions of four players involved in the alleged bounty program have been lifted by a three-person arbitration panel, meaning the banned players are free to return. The ruling does not lift the suspensions of the coaches, so Saints Coach Sean Payton is still out for the year, linebackers coach Joe Vitt will sit out the first six games, and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is still banned indefinitely.
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels and Mike Trout discuss a contract that could make him one of the highest-paid players in baseball history , Manager Mike Scioscia said he has yet to notice anything in Trout's demeanor to indicate the 22-year-old is distracted by the possibility of a pending mega-deal. "He hasn't flinched," Scioscia said. "He's very grounded. He has everything sorted out the way a young player has to have everything sorted out with his priorities. "If nobody was paying attention to him, he'd be fine with it. If everybody was paying attention to him, he'd be fine with it. " Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said last week that he has spoken to shortstop Hanley Ramirez about not letting his uncertain contractual status affect his play.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed appeals from Canada and Slovenia regarding the legality of the suits worn by the three French athletes who swept the medals in men's ski cross. CAS heard the appeals in the early morning hours and issued a one-paragraph ruling on Sunday afternoon. It said that additional details would follow. The respective sports organizations alleged that just before the four-man final that "French support staff changed the shaping of the lower-leg suits of the riders, creating an aerodynamic effect.
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