Author Archives: Brian Jones

About Brian Jones

I represent clients in all aspects of business litigation, but focus my practice on complex litigation and arbitration matters concerning insurance and reinsurance, antitrust, class actions, securities, real estate disputes, and contract matters. I am the co-chair of the Bose McKinney & Evans Insurance Group. I was listed in the 2017 and 2016 "Best Lawyers in America" for Insurance Coverage and named a "Rising Star" in Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2014. I was also named a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2013 and 2012, and a 2010 “Rising Star” in Business Litigation in Texas. I am a member of the State Bars of Indiana and Texas, the Defense Research Institute, a former member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, and I am licensed to practice before all state courts in Indiana and Texas, as well as all federal courts in Indiana, the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits. I received my bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science and my master’s degree in teaching from Trinity University, where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. I received my doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where I was the Director of Communications for the Legal Research Board and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Before attending law school, I taught high school geography, government and economics in San Antonio, Texas.

SCOTUS Unanimously Rules that Class Action Plaintiffs Can’t Stipulate Their Way Out of Federal Court Jurisdiction

Plaintiffs’ lawyers will need to get more creative if they want to keep class actions in state court. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously that class action plaintiffs can’t avoid the Class Action Fairness Act’s amount-in-controversy … Continue reading

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Happy 2013 from the Bose Litigation Blog!

2012 was an amazing year for the Bose Litigation Blog, and we aim to do even better in 2013.  So, stay tuned for even more timely and useful information about litigation. On behalf of everyone in the Bose Litigation Group, … Continue reading

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Second Circuit Thrice Holds that Class Action Waivers Are Unenforceable

Third time’s the charm, right?  The Second Circuit has struck down, for the third time, a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement between American Express and  merchants.  In re American Express Merchants’ Litigation.  This long-running case–which has already gone … Continue reading

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Third Circuit Hands Khan Loss in Arbitration Case, Maroons Him in Legal Equivalent of Seti Alpha 6

It’s no secret that The Wrath of Khan is, without question, the best of the Star Trek movies.  It’s also no secret that, generally speaking, courts will bend over backwards to enforce arbitration provisions, and we’ve previously covered what can happen when … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: Just Because the Statute Tells You That You Have a Right to Sue, That Doesn’t Mean You Actually Have a Right to Sue

Observers of the U.S. Supreme Court’s arbitration jurisprudence over the past several years will not be shocked by this one.  Let’s face it: the Court loves it some arbitration. The Court today held that the Credit Repair Organizations Act–which requires … Continue reading

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Happy JVCA Day!

As we previously wrote about here and here, the Juridiction Venue and Clarification Act of 2011 goes into effect today.  Also on this day in history: Joan of Arc was born, Samuel Morse demo-ed the telegraph, New Mexico became a … Continue reading

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Update: President Signs JVCA

On December 7, 2011, President Obama signed the Jurisidiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011.  The JVCA takes effect 30 days after signing, so a new era of federal court practice begins on January 6, 2012. See our previous report … Continue reading

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Major Changes Are Coming to Federal Venue and Removal Practice

Throw away those dusty Civ Pro outlines!  Thanks to the Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011–which passed the Senate on November 30 and which the President is expected to sign–major changes to federal court practice are coming: The “rule … Continue reading

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Specificity in Arbitration Provisions Is a Good Thing…Except When It Isn’t

Vagueness, ambiguity, and silence in arbitration provisions are generally to be avoided so that you don’t have to try a case that should be arbitrated. As the Indiana Court of Appeals recently held, though, being too specific in an arbitration … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: If a Claim is Arbitrable, You Have to Arbitrate.

Parties resisting arbitration sometimes claim that compelling arbitration would result in “piecemeal” litigation because some claims are arbitrable and some are not.  The U.S. Supreme Court, however, has made it clear (again) that courts cannot refuse to compel arbitration merely … Continue reading

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