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When Silence is Unambiguous...Has the Seventh Circuit Created Ambiguity Over Review of Arbitrators’ Decisions?

United States Soccer Fed’n, Inc. v. United States Nat’l Soccer Team Players Ass’n, No. 15-3402, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 17339 (7th Cir. Sept. 22, 2016). The Seventh Circuit decided last month that an arbitrator exceeded his...more

Second Circuit Upholds Refusal To Compel Arbitration Due To Unavailable Forum, Recognizing Split In Federal Circuits

A borrower had previously entered into three payday loan agreements that contained arbitration provisions mandating that all claims be arbitrated in the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and under the Code of Procedure of the...more

Using ADR to Streamline the Complex Case

Handling complex or “bet the company” litigation in a cost effective and timely manner is often a significant challenge for litigation counsel. These cases frequently have secondary and collateral issues that take on a...more

District Court Refuses To Bind Surety To Subcontract Arbitration Clause

An engineering company was hired to perform work in connection with construction and renovation of the South African Embassy, and subcontracted for sheet metal work with a third party. The subcontract contained an arbitration...more

New Test: Ontario Court Stayed Action in the Face of Broad Arbitration Agreement

In Haas v. Gunasekaram (Haas), the Court of Appeal for Ontario clarified the test for staying court proceedings under section 7(1) of the Ontario Arbitration Act and emphasized that courts should enforce arbitration...more

Court Compels Arbitration To Determine The Arbitrability Of Reinsurance Dispute With Captive Insurance Company

In a suit by an auto body company against a captive insurance company for rescission of certain workers compensation reinsurance participation agreements, for disgorgement of $70,000 paid thereunder, and for fraud, breach of...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - October 2016

London has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most popular and trusted arbitral seats in the world. The use of arbitration in England is long-standing and a legislative framework recognizing and seeking to encourage the...more

Five Critical Wage and Hour Issues Impacting Employers

It is no secret that the wage and hour requirements found in the myriad of federal, state, and local laws and regulations present unique challenges to employers across the country. Those challenges are further complicated by...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Order Compelling Arbitration Against Non-Signatories Based On “Intertwined Claims” Estoppel

A physician sued several healthcare entities for wrongful termination of employment, negligence, breach of contract, and tortious interference with at-will employment. While two of the defendants were signatories to...more

New Labor Code Section Prevents Employers from Using Out-of-State Choice of Laws Provisions in Contracts with California Employees

On September 27, 2016 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law impacting the contract rights of California employees. Labor Code Section 925 imposes new limits on contract provisions that seek to impose choice of law and...more

Uber and IC Misclassification in New York: The Other Shoe May Be Dropping

The New York Times today reported that the New York State Department of Labor has found two Uber drivers as eligible for unemployment benefits after having rejected the company’s argument that the drivers are independent...more

An Emerging Structure of ADR in Mass Torts and MDLs

The official statistics provided by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in recent years count Products Liability as nearly one quarter of all pending multidistrict litigations (MDLs), making it the largest category...more

For Its 2016-2017 Term, Supreme Court Takes A Cautious Approach, With Few Blockbuster Labor and Employment Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began its first full term since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the central advocate for the Court’s conservative bloc. Since Justice Scalia’s death this past February, the Court has...more

The Tenth Circuit Affirmed Decision That Two Putative Class Actions Must Be Arbitrated

This dispute involves two cable subscribers (Andrew Alwert and Stanley Freedman) who filed putative class actions against Cox Communications Inc. for allegedly tying monthly set-top box payments to its premium cable services....more

CMS Final Rule Prohibits Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements at Long Term Care Facilities

In final regulations issued on September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the Health and Human Services Department, banned the use of binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements by...more

English High Court affirms recovery of third party funding costs in ICC arbitration proceedings

In our update dated 21 September 2016, we considered the case of Essar Oilfields Services Limited v Norscot Rig Management Pvt Limited, in which the English High Court upheld the decision of the sole arbitrator, Sir Philip...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Brexit The Constitutional Legal Hurdles to leaving the EU - October 26th, 9:00a.m. CDT /...

Mark will talk about the legal implications which flow from the UK's Referendum on 23 June which decided that the country should leave the European Union....more

Challenging Arbitrators for Alleged 'Conflict of Interest' in US-Based International Arbitrations

A number of significant international arbitrations, particularly involving claims by investors against sovereign states, are venued in Washington, D.C. A September 30, 2016, decision by the U.S. District Court for the...more

Should You Litigate In Court or Arbitrate the Dispute?

Faced with the rising costs of doing business in our increasingly litigious society, today's employers are looking at any way to manage fees and costs associated with resolving disputes over employment decisions. Some of the...more

Opt-Out Clauses May Help Some Employers Opt In To Individual Arbitration

Ironically, giving employees the right to decline to resolve their employment claims in binding arbitration may actually help employers enforce arbitration agreements in some parts of the country....more

Think Your Arbitration Award Is Final? Maybe “Look Through” It Again

The question of federal court jurisdiction over arbitration proceedings has historically led to different conclusions. A few years ago, the United States Supreme Court clarified in Vaden v. Discover Bank that Section 4 of...more

Eleventh Circuit Determines Party’s Counterclaim To Petition For Confirmation Could Not Be Construed As Motion To Vacate The...

When the appellant failed to file a motion to vacate or modify an arbitration award, it waived its right to raise Section 10 or 11 of the Federal Arbitration Action (“FAA”) as a defense to a motion to confirm the award....more

Fifth Circuit Instructs that, When Raised, Arbitrability is a Gateway Issue that Must Be Considered Prior to Conditional...

On October 4, 2016, the Fifth Circuit in Reyna v. International Bank of Commerce instructed district courts that when the issue of arbitrability is raised in a prompt motion to compel, it should be decided at the outset of...more

California's new "choice" of law and venue rules for employment agreements

California Labor Code section 925 will apply to employment contracts entered into, modified, or extended on or after January 1, 2017. This new law prohibits employers from requiring an employee who primarily resides and works...more

SDNY Adopts Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program for FLSA Cases

As we all know, wage and hour litigation continues to soar to record highs. We expect 2016 will be another record year and that the revisions to the white collar exemptions effective December 1st will further increase the...more

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