A contract dispute over building a child-development center at Fort Hood, in central Texas, today spawned a ruling that will bring joy to firms that put forum-choice clauses in their contracts in hopes of making lawsuits too costly to pursue.

The agreement between Atlantic Marine Construction Company and J-Crew Management, Inc., stated that all disputes between the

Blawgletter likes choice of forum clauses in contracts. We think parties to pacts will do themselves a favor if they provide in advance for where they'll sort out any fights over what they agreed to. And, while we admire those who make the effort, we wonder why they so often do a poor better job