Arbitration Contract Clauses Require An Affirmative Agreement – AB326

The enactment of Assembly Bill 326 in the Nevada State Legislature’s 77th Session requires that all agreements, with the exception of collective bargaining agreements, containing an arbitration clause include specific authorization for the arbitration provision, indicating the affirmative agreement by the parties to submit any disputes to arbitration.  An agreement that lacks this specific authorization is “void and unenforceable.”

The bill became effective October 1, 2013.  The full text of AB 326 is available here:

Reisman Sorokac’s Corporate department assists clients with contracts and other related matters.


The City of Las Vegas Promotes Licensed Food Trucks

The City of Las Vegas requires that all mobile food vendors operating within the City have a business license.  Chapter 6.55 of the City code sets forth the business license regulations applicable to food trucks, including the prohibition on operating a food truck within 150 feet of the primary public entrance to a licensed restaurant during its hours of operation (with few exceptions).  The City of Las Vegas is at the forefront of the food truck trend.  It recently designated several food truck spots around downtown Las Vegas, which are available to food truck vendors through the City’s lottery for the spots.  The upcoming schedule for the designated food truck spots can be found through an app that can be downloaded ( or the City’s website (

Reisman Sorokac’s Government Affairs and Administrative Law practice group assists clients with business licensing in all local jurisdictions in the Las Vegas Valley, including the City of Las Vegas.

Elizabeth M. Sorokac, Esq., and Jacqueline N. Walton, Esq., have lobbying expertise in Southern Nevada

Elizabeth M. Sorokac, Esq., and Jacqueline N. Walton, Esq., have the knowledge and skills to successfully navigate matters that require lobbying to local elected officials.  Ms. Sorokac and Ms. Walton regularly work with the four local jurisdictions in the Las Vegas Valley–Clark County, the City of Las Vegas, the City of North Las Vegas and the City of Henderson–on clients’ behalves.

Ms. Sorokac and Ms. Walton wrote “Local Lobbying–What to Do and How to Do It” in the Clark County Bar Association’s Communiqué describing the process and methods for success in this specialized area of practice.

Officers feel vindicated after court rules against inquests

“LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shooting deaths of Erik Scott and Trevon Cole in 2010 prompted the Clark County Commission to change how law enforcement officers are investigated when involved in someone’s death. ”

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Nevada Supreme Court Strikes Down Coroner’s Inquest

“The Nevada Supreme Court threw out Clark County’s system for investigating deaths in which law enforcement officers are involved, but rejected Nevada Highway Patrol officers’ contention that the process violated their constitutional rights, according to a unanimous decision released Thursday.”

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Three police officers want revamped coroner’s inquest halted

Three Las Vegas police officers facing the first revamped coroner’s inquest filed legal paperwork late Monday asking a judge to halt the hearing on constitutional grounds.”

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Police union says changes to the coroner’s inquest unconstitutional

The Las Vegas Police Protective Association filed legal action Tuesday to halt changes to the coroner’s inquest process that it deems unconstitutional, specifically the introduction of an ombudsman to represent victims’ families.

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The [Anti-Defamation] League also presented the Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award to five exceptional young regional leaders

The [Anti-Defamation] League also presented the Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award to five exceptional young regional leaders: Amy Altshuler of Phoenix; Tracy Grossman of Boca Raton, Florida; Michael Puma of Philadelphia; Josh Reisman of Las Vegas; and Robyn Steinberg of Boston.”

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Court puts limits on Fair Housing Act litigation

“In a case closely monitored by multifamily developers and disabled rights advocates across the country, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the right to sue over violations of the Fair Housing Act expires two years after a project’s completion.

The court heard the case of Garcia v. Brockway with all 11 judges on March 25 and issued a 9-2 decision Tuesday, reaffirming a 2-1 decision by a court panel in September.”

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Anatomy of Garcia V. Brockway: My Case That Could Go to The United States Supreme Court…But I Sure Hope It Doesn’t

“I am currently awaiting the filing of a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari in the case of Garcia v. Brockway, 526 F.3d 456 (9th Cir. 2008). Having prevailed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, I am researching the procedures and timing for the opposition that I intend to file. I am also preparing my application for admission to practice before the Supreme Court. While most lawyers would probably be excited about the possibility of arguing before the Supreme Court, I am not. Instead, I feel like Sisyphus, with Garcia v. Brockway as my boulder.

The Boulder: The significance of Garcia v. Brockway
In law school, we fantasize about cases like Garcia – cases that involve issues of first impression on matters of genuine public importance. I have learned, however, that in reality, such cases are gruelingand humbling. They try your soul.”

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