Arbitration good?

The Supreme Court of Texas has made enforcing arbitration clauses super-easy. But what happens if the arbitration produces an outcome that may give the conservative Court pause — a $125 million award in favor of the claimant, for instance?

A case that the Court decided last week poses that lurking question. And regrettably their honors answered the

The Supreme Court of Texas held last week that the courts below shouldn't have refused to certify a "takings" case as a class action on the ground that the class representatives couldn't adequately represent the interests of all class members. Riemer v. Patterson, No. 11-0548 (Tex. Feb. 22, 2013).

That doesn't amount to saying

Scene:  A cafe in Uptown Dallas. Noonish. Sunlight streams through half-open vertical blinds. The beams hurt your eyes. Or they would if you hadn't left as soon as Bitey started talking about the Italian Cowboy case.

Bitey:        Just think, Snappy, the Supreme Court of Texas just ruled for plaintiffs last week! Shazaam!

Snappy:    Imagine my surprise.

Bitey:        A landlord told a