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Carlos Correa, Tommy Pham both win arbitration cases, players lead 3-1

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Tampa Bay outfielder Tommy Pham have won their salary arbitration cases. The decisions gave players a 3-1 lead over teams in cases this winter. Correa was awarded a $5 million salary, rather than the $4.25 million offered by the Astros. Pham will get $4.1 million instead of the $3.5 million offered by the Rays.

IOC rejects 15 Russian athletes whose bans were lifted

The International Olympic Committee rejected a request on Monday to invite 15 Russians to the Pyeongchang Winter Games just days after the athletes’ doping bans were overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Editorial: GOP disarms little guy in bank fights

You cannot band together with other aggrieved parties and go to court, even if there’s a demonstrated pattern of abuse by the corporations affecting millions of customers.

Consumer Confidential: Government may soon begin putting an end to forced arbitration clauses

If you’ve got a credit card, you’ve been forced to kiss away your constitutional right to sue the card issuer. But it’s looking increasingly likely that this is about to change. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is examining so-called arbitration clauses in terms and conditions for financial products. Earlier the month, the head of the bureau, Richard Cordray, sent the strongest signal yet that the regulatory whip soon will come down on banks and other lenders denying customers their day in court if they feel mistreated.

Supreme Court sides with DirecTV in arbitration case

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court says satellite provider DirecTV can avoid a class action lawsuit in California over early termination fees and can force customers into private arbitration hearings instead. The justices ruled 6-3 that DirecTV’s contracts specifically prohibit customers from banding together to sue the company.

Editorial: Arbitrator considered deputies’ contract in context

Maybe arbitration does work. The ruling last month in a case involving Spokane County and the Spokane County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association recognizes, at last, the obvious differences in the local cost of living and that of counties used as comparables for pay-setting purposes, including Snohomish, Clark and Pierce on the West Side.

Arbitration panel rules against Armstrong in fraud case

AUSTIN, Texas – An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an “unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy” that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Dallas-based SCA Promotions announced the 2-1 decision against the former cyclist when its lawyers said Monday they had asked Texas’ 116th Civil District Court in Dallas to confirm the arbitration ruling, dated Feb. 4. The panel included a neutral chairman, who ruled in favor of SCA, and one person selected by each side.

Manfred speaks on key issues

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says the National League and American League will bat last in alternating years in the All-Star Game, regardless of where it’s played. Manfred disclosed the plan Friday when Miami was awarded the 2017 All-Star Game. The game will be played in an NL city three years in a row, beginning this summer in Cincinnati.

Price tag for Price is $19.75 million

Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price set a record for the highest one-year contract for a player in salary arbitration, agreeing to a $19.75 million deal Friday as 95 players reached agreements on the busiest day of baseball’s offseason. Several other pitchers got big salaries, including Washington’s Doug Fister ($11.4 million) and Stephen Strasburg ($7.4 million), Boston’s Rick Porcello ($12.5 million), San Diego’s Ian Kennedy ($9.85 million), and Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox ($9.8 million).

Shawn Vestal: Binding arbitration unhelpful in elder care dispute

When Karen Fritz retired from a career at Rosauers Supermarkets nine years ago, she began taking care of her aging mother. Soon, it became apparent her mom, Alice Newton, could no longer look out for herself. Her vision was failing. She was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Fritz moved in with her. It was a challenge, but it was also a joy, Fritz said. They planted a garden together. Fritz would put her mom in her wheelchair and take her out shopping.

Police bill turns personal

OLYMPIA – The fight over who decides what can get a police officer fired prompted a legislative hearing that pitted beat cops against their chiefs and provoked Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich to say a state senator was attacking his character. “It was very insulting,” Knezovich said of questions from Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, about whether he’d ever used publicly funded fuel for personal purposes, an allegation he denied.