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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

Commercial or Consular? State Immunity Frustrates Enforcement of Arbitral Award

In its recent decision in L R Avionics Technologies Limited v. The Federal Republic of Nigeria & Attorney General of the Federation of Nigeria, the Commercial Court found that that premises owned by Nigeria were not “in use...more

Anti-Monopoly Disputes Are Not Arbitrable According to Chinese Court

On August 29, the Jiangsu Provincial Higher People's Court ruled that an arbitration clause did not apply to an anti-monopoly dispute in a 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) case brought by a distributor against a manufacturer....more

Keeping to the straight and narrow: Justice is not served when tribunals stray beyond their remit - A case study of JVL Agro...

In JVL Agro Industries Ltd v Agritrade International Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 126, the High Court set aside an international arbitration award because the tribunal had breached natural justice by dismissing JVL’s claim on an issue...more

Sanctity of an arbitration award: When does a breach of natural justice tip the balance? - A case study of ASG V ASH [2016] SGHC...

The plaintiff applied to set aside three arbitral awards. The first was awarded on the merits which was challenged on the basis that the arbitrator had totally failed to consider or understand the plaintiff’s evidence and...more

Treating with the Enemy: Civil Collaborative Practice

If you feel sure you have been cheated by a business partner, an employee, or a contractor, your first instinct may be to file a lawsuit, in the hope that you can annihilate the person who did you wrong....more

International Arbitration Alert - 2016 SIAC Rules

On 1 August 2016, the sixth edition of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s (“SIAC”) rules will enter into force (“2016 SIAC Rules”), applying to arbitrations commenced on or after that date. They replace the 2013...more

Court Refuses to Expand Challenges of Arbitral Procedural Orders

The recent case of Enterprise Insurance Company Plc v U-Drive Solutions (Gibraltar) Limited [1] illustrates the reluctance of courts to intervene in arbitrations despite the parties agreeing otherwise. The court dismissed an...more

Focus on Middle East Arbitration: Arbitral Awards

Recent court decisions highlight a few of the challenges parties may face in relation to the enforcement of arbitral awards in the onshore UAE courts. A summary of those decisions is set out in this article. ...more

CFPB: The Quarterly Review - July 2016

In This Issue: •The CFPB Speaks •Rulemaking •Debt Collection •Payday Lending •Mortgages •Upcoming in 2016 - In the second quarter of 2016, the CFPB continued its strong pace of activity, initiating two...more

Upholding parties’ agreement to arbitrate and case management of claims against multiple defendants - A case study of Maybank Kim...

Executive summary - The appellant, Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd (Kim Eng) had commenced an action against its customer and her husband-remisier. The High Court’s Assistant Registrar (AR) ordered a stay of...more

Arbitration Provisions Mauled by Consumer Watchdog

Companies offering payment services or financial products to consumers are facing a proposed rule from the CFPB that would prohibit class action waivers in binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Although the information...more

A welcome development: SCC announces revision to arbitration rules to include summary judgment procedures

Introduction - The Arbitration Institution of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) has released a draft set of arbitration rules that are intended to take effect in the course of 2017. The draft SCC arbitration rules...more

New York Appellate Division Reverses Order Compelling Arbitration And Reinstates Complaint Based Upon Terminated Agreement’s Forum...

New York’s First Department finds there was no clear manifestation parties had abandoned a forum selection clause by a later agreement which mandated arbitration in London. In 2000, the parties entered into two agreements:...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

Trial Court’s Interpretation of a Contract Much Harder to Overturn, the Supreme Court of Canada Confirms

To overturn a trial court’s interpretation of a contract on appeal, it is not enough that the trial court was wrong, it must be really wrong, the Supreme Court of Canada recently affirmed in Heritage Capital Corp v Equitable...more

Business Litigation Report - April 2016

Historic Mandamus Petition May Reduce Size of E.D. Tex. Patent Docket: In re TC Heartland LLC, Case No. 16-105 (Fed Cir. 2015) - Almost half the new patent cases filed in the 94 federal judicial districts in the United...more

Enforcement in the UAE and Wider Middle East - The DIFC Court's Role as a Conduit Jurisdiction Explained

It is now critically important for in-house counsel, and all companies operating in the united Arab emirates, to take note of a newly-con rmed route for the enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards – as it...more

Russia’s New Commercial Arbitration Reform—Key Points

Russia recently enacted an important packet of laws that substantially alters the landscape for commercial arbitration in and involving Russia (both wholly domestic and international) and addresses in detail the current...more

One Arbitration Binds the Next: Alberta Court of Appeal Says Res Judicata Applies to Arbitrations

The doctrines of res judicata and issue estoppel can, as a matter of law, apply to subsequent arbitration proceedings, the Alberta Court of Appeal recently held in Enmax Energy Corporation v TransAlta Generation Partnership,...more

Indian Parliament Enacts Revisions to the 1996 Arbitration Act

On 11 December 2015, we provided a summary of revisions to the 1996 Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act (the “Act”) made by the President of India through the 2015 Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Ordinance that...more

Alabama Acknowledges AAA Rules Authorize Arbitrator To Determine Whether Non-Signatory Is Bound

The Alabama Supreme Court has followed the Eighth Circuit’s lead, concluding that when the parties agree to arbitrate pursuant to the AAA Rules, they have clearly and unmistakably authorized the arbitrator to determine who is...more

Russian 'Corporate Raid' to be Dealt with by English Arbitral Tribunal

Egiazaryan and Gogokhiya v OJSC OEK Finance and The City of Moscow [2015] EWHC 3532 (Comm) - The Arbitration Act 1996 allows a party to an arbitration with an English seat to appeal a decision on jurisdiction made by the...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Scope Of Review Under ADR Clause

Not infrequently, the parties to a complicated contract include a contractual provision on how to resolve any later disputes. For example, it is common to agree to use an accounting firm to resolve accounting disputes, such...more

District Court Recognizes The Viability Of Manifest Disregard Of Law Doctrine In The Second Circuit

The Eastern District of New York recently denied plaintiff’s request to vacate an arbitration award in a contractual dispute between Incredible Foods Group, LLC, (“IFG”) and Unifoods, S.A. de C.V., (“UF”) over a shared...more

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