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SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement

On July 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission authorized the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to implement FINRA Rule 2081 prohibiting brokers from conditioning settlement of customer complaints on (or...more

Historic Award in the Yukos Majority Shareholders Arbitration

In this issue: - Background of dispute - Tax reassessments - Harassment of Yukos - Settlement offers - “Rigged” auction - Harassment of PwC - Bankruptcy - Legal...more

SEC Approves Amended FINRA Rule 2081 Prohibiting Settlements Conditioned on Expungement

On July 22, the SEC approved amendments to FINRA Rule 2081 that prohibit member firms from conditioning arbitration settlements (or seeking to) upon a customer’s assent to CRD expungement relief. The Rule amendments prohibit...more

Is a FSCO Arbitration Backlog Developing?

Listening to the news about the cresting flood waters in Manitoba, I am reminded about the flood of accident benefit disputes making its way through Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO)....more

To enforce or not to enforce, a question for the English courts - July 2014

In the latest instalment of the Yukos v Rosneft saga (covered previously in our 2012 Alert), the English High Court considered whether an award set aside (annulled) at the seat of arbitration can nevertheless be enforced in...more

Judge Stark overhauls patent practices in District of Delaware: 10 key changes

The same day he took the reins as Chief Judge for the District of Delaware, Judge Leonard P. Stark substantially overhauled his patent practices. Effective with all cases filed on or after July 1, 2014, Judge Stark...more

English Contract Law: Has the Camel’s Nose of “Good Faith” Crept Under the Tent Flap?

Under the English Arbitration Act 1996 the grounds on which an English arbitration award can be challenged in court are very limited. Section 67 of the Act provides that a challenge may be brought on the basis that the...more

AAA Changes the Rules of the Game: Why AAA Arbitration May Be Worth the Cost

According to the American Arbitration Association, "[a]rbitration is a time-tested, cost-effective alternative to litigation . . . . [and] AAA arbitrators possess years of industry-specific knowledge and experience." Most...more

Lo-Papa v. Certas Direct Insurance Company and the Minor Injury Guideline

A recent decision by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario reiterates that the onus to prove entitlement to benefits and treatment outside of the Minor Injury Guideline rests with the Insured....more

BVI Case Notes, July 2014

Recent cases before the British Virgin Islands courts include matters dealing with arbitration agreements and awards, and default judgments. Arbitration Agreements: BVIHCMAP0013/2014: Anzen Ltd and others v...more

Too Little, Too Late: Seventh Circuit Reaffirms the Limits of a Registration Proceeding Under 28 U.S.C. § 1963

In Goldman v. Gagnard, No. 12-2706 (June 27, 2014), the Seventh Circuit (in an opinion authored by Judge Tinder) waded into a long-running, continent-spanning dispute, which it characterized as “Dickensian” in character,...more

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal on Enforceability of FLSA Collective Action Waivers

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied a request to review the issue of whether the Fair Labor Standards Act grants employees a non-waivable right to bring a collective action and thus, renders arbitration agreements with...more

English Law: When Contractual Limitations on Damages Can Backfire

In AB v. CD [2014] EWCA Civ 229, the Court of Appeal for England and Wales addressed an issue with surprisingly little precedent. It held that a claimant seeking an injunction to prevent an alleged wrongful termination of a...more

France Provides for Consumer Class Actions

France, following the lead of many other European Union members, has enacted legislation providing for class actions in the consumer law field. The new law, known as the "Hamon Law", was passed in February but is still coming...more

Amended Provisions to Interest Arbitration Awards

On June 24, 2014, Governor Christie signed into law Bill A-3424, amending the provisions of Arbitration Reform Bill A-3393. Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, as labor counsel to the League of Municipalities and New Jersey...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2014

No Liability for Off-the-Clock Work Absent Employer Knowledge - A California appeals court refused to hold Kaiser Foundation Health Plan liable for alleged off-the-clock overtime about which it lacked knowledge. In...more

Petrella v. MGM: Supreme Court Recognizes Limits on Laches

The word “laches” is from French, meaning “remissness” or “slackness.” One of the familiar equitable defenses, laches developed in chancery to prevent unreasonable delay in pursuing a right or claim, lest that delay prejudice...more

A Court May Not, under the Guise of Adjudicating a Breach of Contract Dispute, Stay an Arbitration Which Is in Process Based upon...

Savers Property and Casualty Insurance Company v. National Union Fire Insurance Company, __ F.3d __, 2014 WL 1378134 (6th Cir. April 9, 2014) - Case at a Glance - A district court enjoined an ongoing...more

Court Quashes Subpoena Seeking Unissued Arbitration Award

After striking the affirmative defense of failure to mitigate, a court quashed a subpoena issued to an arbitrator seeking an unissued arbitration award in a dispute between certain defendants and their reinsurer....more

Unlocking the Door

When faced with a party which refuses to pay their share of the arbitral fees, it may seem attractive to go to court claiming that the defaulting party has repudiated the arbitration clause. Such a backdoor approach to...more

Court Vacates Arbitration Award Where Arbitration Held Under Incorrect Arbitration Rules

A federal judge in Houston recently vacated an arbitration award where the reinsurance agreement specified that the arbitration of any disputes would proceed “under the auspices of the ICC,” but the arbitration actually...more

Texas Appellate Court Rules Late Arbitration Awards Are Void

Parties arbitrating in Texas should set formal agreements for delayed awards and should consider whether to object to awards that are not timely. In an arbitration case of first impression—Sims v. Building Tomorrow’s...more

Weekly Law Resume: Civil Procedure – Stipulated High/Low Arbitration Binding as Contractual Term

Elsie Horath v. John Hess - Court Of Appeal, Fourth District (April 10, 2014) - Parties sometimes stipulate to high end/low end figures for arbitration, in an attempt to resolve a case that might not otherwise...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 4

In our fourth issue of The Construction Advantage, we depart from summaries of regional and national case law to provide you with some helpful information from George Burns, David Ray and Michael Bosse on contract drafting,...more

Three Lessons On Appealing From Arbitrations

Three decisions came out recently that offer guidance on appealing from arbitration awards. Here are three pearls of arbitration appeal wisdom, one from each case...more

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