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In Battle Over Employment Compensation, Second Circuit Affirms District Court Decision To Deny Arbitration

On interlocutory appeal, the Second Circuit affirmed a district court decision denying arbitration because a later-signed compensation agreement did not retroactively apply as it contravened the intent of a prior independent...more

Lawyer’s harassment investigation report was not solicitor-client or litigation privileged: union entitled to a copy, says...

The mere fact that a lawyer prepared an investigation report does not make it privileged, a labour arbitrator has held, granting the union’s request for a subpoena to obtain the report. The Durham Regional Police Association...more

When is a Vehicle Not a “Vehicle”?

Two police officers were riding in a police car that was struck by an intoxicated underinsured driver. The officer in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries that were inadequately compensated by the tortfeasor’s...more

Ninth Circuit Steals a PAGe from California Courts’ Playbook

Since the California Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation that claims under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) are not subject to arbitration, California federal district courts have rejected...more

US Courts Affirm Expansive Discovery Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782

International litigants continue to rely on 28 U.S.C. § 1782 in disputes with US-based parties. While the statute was considered relatively obscure not long ago, it is now an important and frequently-used tool to obtain...more

Arbitration of Nursing Home Suits: Take Two

Quasi Tort Reform in Nursing Home Litigation Is on the Way! Last fall, I posted a blog about the national trend of including arbitration provisions in nursing home admission agreements. This trend peaked following the...more

28 U.S.C. § 1782: A Powerful Tool in Global Disputes

As the number and complexity of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes increase, companies can use 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to obtain evidence from U.S.-based entities for use in those foreign proceedings. Specifically, §...more

Second Circuit Affirms District Court Decision To Compel Arbitration In Patent Infringement Battle Between LG And WI-LAN

A Second Circuit 3-judge panel affirmed a district court decision denying a request for declaratory and injunctive relief while subsequently compelling arbitration in a licensing infringement suit. On appeal, LG Electronics,...more

Ninth Circuit’s Pro-PAGA Decision Is Not the Death Knell for Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

This week, in Sakkab, et al v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc., the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employee cannot waive the right to bring a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) through an...more

SCOTUS Selects Second Arbitration Case For 2015 Term

2015 was a dry spell in arbitration decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, but 2016 promises to be much more interesting. In addition to the California case being heard next week, SCOTUS just granted certiorari over another...more

New Rules Make Construction Arbitration More Attractive

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) implemented new Construction Industry Arbitration Rules this past summer. The changes eliminate certain gaps or ambiguities in the old rules, create some additional tools with which...more

Ky. Ruling Casts Doubt on Health Care Arbitration Agreements

Health care institutions in Kentucky may want to take a fresh look at their patient arbitration provisions, in light of a September 24 decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Out-of-state institutions may want to take a...more

The NCAA Ruling : How Far Should Courts Go In Redefining Market Rules?

In O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, Case No. 14-16601 (9th Cir. Sept. 30, 2015), the Ninth Circuit applied the Rule of Reason to the NCAA’s amateurism rules, and concluded that while the NCAA can ban cash...more

Third Circuit Applies Constructive Knowledge Standard And Finds Waiver Of Arbitration Panel Challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has found that post-award objections to an arbitrator were waived because the party had constructive knowledge of the arbitrator’s insufficient disclosure. The court held that a...more

Court Rules That Procedural Law Is Synonymous With the Law of the Seat Arbitration

A recent decision of the English Commercial Court (Shagang South -Asia (Hong Kong) Trading Co Ltd v Daewoo Logistics [2015] EWHC 194 (Comm)) addresses a potential ambiguity in poorly drafted dispute resolution clauses. In...more

Ninth Circuit Blesses Iskanian

On September 28, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision in the long-awaited case of Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc. (No. 13-55184, D.C. No. 3:12-cv-00436-GPC-KSC) (“Sakkab”). The Court...more

Director Corday testifies before House Committee on Financial Services

On Wednesday, September 29, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Committee on Financial Services to answer questions regarding the Bureau’s activities since March. Director Cordray used his introductory...more

9th Circuit Rejects Representative Action Waivers for PAGA Claims

If you read one thing... - With 9th Circuit ruling, California federal courts no longer a potential channel for employers to enforce representative action waivers for PAGA claims...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Holds that Mandatory Arbitration Provisions Contained in Employee Handbooks are Unenforceable

New Jersey employers’ mandatory arbitration policies are likely to be found unenforceable when contained in an employee handbook, the New Jersey Appellate Division recently ruled. In C.M. v. Maiden Re Insurance Services, LLC,...more

No Distinction to be Made Between Foreign Commercial and Administrative Law Awards for Exequatur in France

France has had a dual jurisdictional system since the 19th century. On the one hand, the administrative courts have jurisdiction to hear most disputes which involve public entities and, on the other hand, the judicial courts...more

US: Courts' Deference to an Arbitration Award is not Without Limits

As a matter of public policy, United States courts strongly favor alternative dispute resolution and show great deference to awards made by arbitration tribunals. However, a recent ruling by the US District Court for the...more

England: Inordinate Delay in Delivering Award is not Sufficient as a Ground to Set it Aside

The English courts have recently taken a firm position on a party's right to challenge an arbitral award on the basis of the tribunal's delay in producing that award. In B.V.Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem v The Marine Institute...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Waivers of PAGA Claims Cannot be Enforced

This week, a federal appeals court dealt another blow to California employers.  In Shukri Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc., a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Federal...more

California Employment Law and Arbitration: The Battle Intensifies

Tuesday, by a two-to-one vote, the Ninth Circuit joined the California Supreme Court in holding that Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims are an exception to the Federal Arbitration Act. In Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail...more

Third Circuit Adopts "Constructive Knowledge" Standard for Post-Award Attempts to Disqualify Arbitrators

In a recent opinion addressing an issue of first impression for the court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a “constructive knowledge” standard applies to post-award challenges to an...more

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