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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

Russian arbitration reform

On 29 December 2015, the Russian President signed two laws – the Federal Law on Arbitration in the Russian Federation and Federal Law on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation (together – the...more

Alberta Judge Finds Party in Contempt of Court, Ends Multi-Million Dollar Litigation Case

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently ended a complex, multi-million dollar litigation between Attila Dogan Construction and Installation Co. Inc. (AD) and AMEC Foster Wheeler Americas Limited (AMEC) regarding a...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Misbehavior Challenge To Arbitration Award

Foundation Surgery Affiliate of Southwest Houston, LLC (“Southwest”), the owner of a surgical and imaging facility in Houston, entered into a purchase and sale agreement in 2008 with Rainier Capital Acquisitions, LP, which...more

Investment Treaty Arbitration: How Multinational Food and Beverage Companies Can Avoid Litigation in Foreign Courts

Imagine a U.S.-based olive oil company that has established a subsidiary in Croatia — a Mediterranean country ideal for growing olives and processing their oil — for its supply and processing needs. Olive oil consumption has...more

Iran's World Court Case Against the United States May Impact Investment Arbitration

On June 14, 2016, the Islamic Republic of Iran sued the United States of America in the International Court of Justice (also known as the “World Court” or the “ICJ”) in the Hague, alleging that the U.S. government had...more

Brexit: Governing Law, Jurisdiction and Arbitration Clauses

On Thursday 23 June 2016, in a referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU, a majority of those polled voted to leave. As we commented in our note dated 24 June, the result “is expected to lead to a high degree of...more

Michigan Supreme Court Holds That Agency Principles Apply to Determining the Scope of an Arbitration Clause

It is well established that whether a particular dispute falls within the scope of an arbitration clause depends on the language of the parties’ agreement. In the recent case of Altobelli v Hartmann, the Michigan Supreme...more

Business Litigation Reporter - June 2016

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

D.C. Circuit Further Restricts the Scope of Foreign Sovereign Liability for Acts of State-Owned Companies

Those doing business with foreign governments would be wise to adhere to the dictate of caveat venditor: seller beware. Cross-border “government” contracting often involves doing business not directly with the sovereign...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When To Not Enjoin Arbitration

This is another in a line of decisions that explains when the issue of arbitrability should be sent to the arbitrator to decide. ...more

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you...

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you discover that you have a potential legal claim against a third party. When this happens, what are the most...more

New York Adopts Rules Permitting Practice of Law by Foreign-Admitted In-House Counsel and Attorneys Temporarily in New York

Effective December 30, 2015, in-house lawyers working in New York who are only admitted to practice outside the United States are no longer limited to serving as foreign law advisors, but registration is required within 90...more

California Court Confirms No Absolute Public Policy Against Non-Competes Entered into by Partners

California’s prohibition on non-competition agreements is less than absolute. For example, non-compete agreements may be enforced against partners or sellers of businesses. Additionally, in SingerLewak LLP v. Andrew Gantman...more

Compliance with pre-arbitration and pre-litigation notice procedures is critical to enforcing contractual rights: English High...

When a party to a contract wishes to sue, the contract may include specific procedures for giving notice to the counterparty in a prescribed way prior to the right to litigate or arbitrate in accordance with the contract...more

Petrobras Shareholders’ Brazilian-Law Claims Are Subject to Mandatory Arbitration Provision

The travails of Petrobras have generated a lot of attention – and litigation – in the past year. On July 30, 2015, District Judge Jed Rakoff, of the Southern District of New York, issued an opinion explaining his prior order...more

CorpCast Episode 6: A Brief Introduction to the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act [Audio]

On May 2, 2015, the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (the “DRAA”) became effective. The DRAA is the second attempt by the State of Delaware to create a state-sponsored voluntary arbitration process. In Episode 6, we sit down...more

[Webinar] Controlling Where to Fight and Who Pays for it? – A Discussion of Recent Developments in Delaware Forum Selection and...

To address the continued problem of duplicitous stockholder strike suits, corporations have started to experiment with forum selection bylaws (which limit the jurisdictions in which stockholders may bring such suits) and fee...more

A is for…Arbitration: Can A Non-Signatory To A Contract Enforce An Arbitration Provision In That Contract?

A corporate client is engaged in arbitration with a third party pursuant to an arbitration provision in the contract between the parties. An executive signed the contract “on behalf of” the company, but did not sign the...more

Commercial Division Practice Continues to Shift Towards Federal Standards with Four Proposed Rule Changes

The Commercial Division Rules are once again the subject of several proposed amendments, as detailed below. While these proposals are not as far-reaching as some of the rule changes enacted in 2014, they nonetheless raise...more

Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act to Take Effect in May 2015

On April 2, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (the DRAA). The bill (H.B. 49) had been passed overwhelmingly by the Delaware House and unanimously by the Delaware Senate in...more

Court Of Chancery Explains How Hard It Is To Appeal Arbitration Order

This decision explains how hard it is to appeal an order staying litigation in favor of arbitration. Even when there are some good arguments over whether the dispute is subject to arbitration, the Supreme Court precedent...more

California and Delaware Courts Agree: Amendments to Corporate Bylaws Do Not Apply Retroactively to Impair Pursuit Previously...

Two recent decisions, one from the Delaware Court of Chancery and one from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, refused to apply bylaws that impaired a shareholder/member plaintiff’s ability to pursue...more

Third Circuit: Pennsylvania Law Preempted By The FAA

The Third Circuit recently ruled that a Pennsylvania statute prohibiting an unregistered businesses from maintaining any “action or proceeding” in any court in the state interferes with the enforcement of arbitration awards...more

What’s New in Delaware: Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Bylaws, Appraisal Rights and Rapid Confidential Arbitration

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association recently approved amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “Proposed DGCL Amendments”), which would prohibit Delaware stock...more

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