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Court Denies Petition To Appoint Arbitration Umpire In Retrocession Dispute

Odyssey Reinsurance Co. petitioned the court to appoint an umpire to serve in arbitration with its retrocessionaries, certain Lloyd’s underwriters and Reliastar Reinsurance Group, over a disputed reinsurance claim. Odyssey...more

Court Lacks Jurisdiction To Hear Motion To Vacate Arbitration Decision That Denied Withdrawal Of Arbitrable Claim

A federal district court has dismissed a motion to vacate an arbitration decision denying a party’s request to unilaterally withdraw a claim that was subject to a pending arbitration. Finding the arbitration decision was not...more

OMHA Announces Two New Programs to Process Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearings More Efficiently

Earlier this year, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) announced that for most hearing requests received after April 1, 2013, it will be deferring assignment of ALJs. OMHA’s announcement is available on its...more

Third Circuit Reaffirms the Difficulty of Binding a Non-Signatory to Arbitration

Federal law’s much-talked-about presumption in favor of enforcing arbitration clauses has its limits. On August 11, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit identified one of those limitations: the...more

4 Elements to Improve Enforceability of a Multi-tiered Dispute Resolution Clause

The English High Court decision in Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Limited offers guidance. Why this case is important - Multi-tiered or dispute escalation clauses are an important...more

Employers Should Act Now to Avoid Potential Data Minefields: The OFCCP’s New Proposed Rules for Collecting Compensation Data from...

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (“OFCCP”) proposed new annual reporting requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors. The proposal requires additional pay information and will become...more

Got Proof? Court Requires Proof Employees Signed Arbitration Agreement to Compel Arbitration

Arbitration agreements, and their use as a means to avoid class action disputes in particular, have been repeat news items in the last several years, and many employers continue to consider their use as a means to mitigate...more

Boston Stripped of Surrounding Community Status for Wynn Project

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) stripped Boston of its status as a “surrounding community” for the proposed Wynn casino. While initially the Commission appeared to agree with Boston that the Commission...more

Fifth Circuit Holding Breathes Life Back Into the Contractual Liability Exclusion

Liability insurance policies typically exclude coverage for obligations arising out of the insured’s “assumption of liability in a contract or agreement.” Earlier this year, the Texas Supreme Court took a narrow view of this...more

Fifth Circuit Holds Order Remanding Case Back To Arbitrators For Clarification Is Non-Final And Non-Appealable

The appeal arose from a lawsuit to clarify an arbitration award concerning an alleged breach of a corporate merger agreement containing a binding arbitration clause. The federal district court found the arbitration panel had...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - August 2014

LAD Roundup - In recent weeks, New Jersey's primary employment discrimination statute—the Law Against Discrimination (LAD)—has been the focus of judicial scrutiny....more

It’s a Whole New Game in Opalinski v. Robert Half International, Inc. – Third Circuit Rules That Courts Decide the Availability of...

There are significant differences between individual (or “bilateral”) arbitration and classwide arbitration that can substantially affect the nature of arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism. Individual arbitration can...more

Employer Cannot Compel Former Employee to Arbitrate Claims After Failing to Follow Preliminary Steps of the Contractual...

The issue before the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District was whether KTLA, LLC, a Los Angeles based broadcaster, could compel a former employee, Kurt Knutsson, to arbitrate his claims against KTLA. (Knutsson v....more

Arbitration Panel Misconstrues Contractor Licensing Law: Court Allows Decision to Stand

If you’ve followed Burr’s e-note over the past year or two, then you know that the United States Supreme Court has issued recent opinions on the power of arbitration tribunals to make legal decisions. Even if a review of the...more

ArbitrationNation’s Third Anniversary Threesome

After 155 posts, can there possibly be more to say? Yes, indeed. Three new opinions from federal courts of appeals demonstrate how new issues keep “cropping” up in arbitration law each week....more

New York Court Rejects Bid To Compel Arbitration Of Reinsurance Dispute

A New York federal district court denied Transatlantic Reinsurance Company’s petition to compel National Indemnity Company (“NICO”) to submit to arbitration. While the court’s order does not provide the basis for its ruling...more

Dispute resolution clauses and reasonable endeavours obligations

This article aims to provide some useful contract drafting tips in the context of dispute resolution clauses, and clauses requiring parties to use best or reasonable endeavours. This article builds on lessons learned from...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2014

Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees - A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than...more

The Third Circuit Joins The Sixth And Holds That The Availability Of Class Arbitration Is A Substantive Question Of Arbitrability...

“Because of the fundamental differences between classwide and individual arbitration, and the consequences of proceeding with one rather than the other, … the availability of classwide arbitration is a substantive ‘question...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19089 - Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. of America v. Netherlands Ins. Co. - Travelers brought a declaratory judgment action, claiming that the Netherlands Insurance Company had to participate in the defense costs of...more

Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp.: standard of review for contractual interpretation and arbitral awards

On August 1, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., a case involving an arbitral award under the British Columbia Arbitration Act. In that case, the Court...more

President Obama Signs Two Executive Orders Impacting Federal Contractors

Aiming to “crack down on federal contractors who put workers’ safety and hard-earned pay at risk,” on July 31, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (“Executive Order”), which...more

Mindful Case Management

We recently litigated and successfully settled an insurance coverage case that offers a model for managing a case thoughtfully. Too often, parties reflexively dive into litigation with its procedural hurdles and delays,...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Five Documents That Financial Services Employers Should Revisit Now

With summer here, including its long days and blazing heat, many thoughts may turn to beaches, sunshine, and lazy afternoons. The summer may also be a good time for employers—especially those in the financial services...more

Executive Order Continues Focus on Labor Laws for Contractors

Under an Executive Order signed by President Obama on July 31, 2014, contractors and subcontractors are faced with a wave of new obligations concerning labor laws and pre-dispute arbitration agreements. The provisions of the...more

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