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Fate of House bill to change class action procedures could be barometer for CFPB arbitration rule

On February 9, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-12 passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, a bill that would make significant changes to the procedures for class actions in federal...more

First Circuit Affirms District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award Under The “Look-Through” Test

The background of this matter could be found here. In sum, Plaintiffs Dr. Luis Ortiz-Espinosa and his wife Maritza Soto-Garcia, the conjugal partnership they formed, Espinosa-Soto, and Luis Ortiz-Espinosa, as trustee of...more

Petition To Vacate Arbitration Award Served By Email Did Not Constitute Service Under FED. R. CIV. P. 5

The Second Circuit has affirmed a decision finding email insufficient for service, absent consent to such method. In the underlying district court, the Petitioner emailed a copy of his petition to one of Respondent, Deutsche...more

Director Cordray responds to questions on proposed arbitration rule

Director Cordray has sent a letter to Senator Jeff Flake responding to a series of questions posed by the Senator on the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule. The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August 22, 2016. ...more

FINRA to Require Web-Based Arbitration Filings

Effective April 3, 2017, all FINRA arbitration participants (except pro se parties) must use FINRA’s web-based DR-Portal to file and serve documents in both customer and industry arbitrations. ...more

In Chinese Investment Treaties, Questions Arise on Who Qualifies for Protection

Despite recent criticism from some quarters concerning the use of investment treaties and free trade agreements, the Chinese investment treaty system remains firmly in place. Since 1982, the People's Republic of China (PRC)...more

SIAC Introduces New Arbitration Rules Tailored for Investment Disputes

The first edition of the SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules (the SIAC IA Rules) was released on 30 December 2016 and came into force on 1 January 2017. In releasing the SIAC IA Rules, SIAC has become the first commercial...more

Court Of Appeal Voids Jury Trial Waiver Notwithstanding New York Choice of Law

A New York state of mind, but California dreaming - A sophisticated lender and borrower negotiate a loan agreement in New York, the lender disburses the loan proceeds in New York, and both parties agree that New York law...more

Stars Align As Second Circuit Limits Orion

The Second Circuit recently reversed and remanded for further proceedings a S.D.N.Y decision dismissing claims asserted by POLSINELLI clients CBF Indústria de Gusa S/A, Da Terra Siderúrgica LTDA and several other Brazilian...more

Arbitration Enforcement? The Potential Expansion of Debt Collection

There’s a storm brewing in the Southern District of Florida, and plaintiffs’ attorneys are hoping it rains. Last week, a federal magistrate judge issued an order for the parties to submit supplemental authority on the...more

Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat

On Monday, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to compel arbitration in Bethune v. Lending Club Corporation, et al., a closely watched putative class action raising important issues...more

Holding investors to account for human rights violations through counterclaims in investment treaty arbitration

The relationship between international investment law and international human rights law has become increasingly relevant in recent years. How and to what extent a state should be permitted to rely on its human rights...more

ERISA Class Action Waivers and Mandatory Arbitration–Will The Supreme Court Start A Trend?

Synopsis: Supreme Court has agreed to decide the fate of class waiver provisions in mandatory arbitration agreements, which may spark a new trend in ERISA benefits litigation. On January 13, 2017, the United States...more

Kazakhstan Ordered to Pay $506 Million for Crude Expropriation of Oil and Gas Investments

In a case that highlights both that governments are not above the rule of law and that it is difficult to swiftly enforce arbitral awards, a Swedish appeals court, on December 12, 2016, upheld a $506 million award against...more

Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause Due To Lack Of Mental Capacity

In Oak Crest Manor Nursing Home, LLC v. Barba, a plaintiff sued a nursing home for negligently allowing a patient with mental disorders to leave the facility and jump from a bridge in an attempt to commit suicide. No....more

NAIC Draws Line In CFPB Sand Box

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has taken a firm stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban of “mandatory arbitration” clauses that make financial product consumers waive their right...more

Proposed New Jersey Law Takes Aim at Mandatory Arbitration

Assembly Bill A-3064, which the New Jersey Assembly passed on October 20, 2016, will come up for consideration in the Senate this year. If the Senate passes and the Governor signs A-3064, no company that wants to do business...more

It’s a Wrap – The Year in India That Was

Key developments in the Indian legal landscape in 2016 - From the Startup India campaign launched in January 2016 to the coming into force of substantial provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in December 2016,...more

Using Arbitration to Resolve International Financing Disputes

Parties to international financial transactions have, subject to limited exceptions, historically been reticent to choose international arbitration as a means of dispute resolution in their agreements. In recent years,...more

NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has taken a firm stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban on "mandatory arbitration" clauses that make financial product consumers waive their right...more

Fourth Circuit Refuses To Vacate FINRA Arbitration Award, Despite Party’s Claim That It Had No Opportunity To Participate In...

UBS Financial Services’ motion to vacate a FINRA arbitration award was denied, despite its claims that the panel was improperly chosen and that the panels damages award was flawed in that it did not impose an offset. UBS...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Refusal To Compel Arbitration Where Agreements Contained Conflicting Arbitration Provisions

Mr. Ragab sued two financial companies and a corporate officer for misrepresentation and for violating several consumer credit repair statutes. There were six agreements between the parties, including, for example, a...more

Non-profit group files FOIA action against CFPB for access to arbitration rule records

The Cause of Action Institute has filed an action against the CFPB under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information related to the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule. In its complaint filed in D.C. federal...more

Why Brexit is Not Bad News For UK-Based Arbitration and Litigation

A lot has been said about the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and its likely impact on doing business with and within the UK. Will London remain Europe’s financial centre? Will the UK reinstate customs duties on imports and...more

Brazil’s top court strikes down validity of arbitration clause in franchise agreement

In a recent and potentially far-reaching decision, the Superior Tribunal of Justice – the highest court of Brazil for non-constitutional matters with responsibility for harmonizing interpretation of federal laws by the state...more

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