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A Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act Primer

Delaware has enacted the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act, which is intended to address the increasing costs and delays associated with traditional arbitration of business disputes. Originally published in the Delaware...more

Decisions Raise Bar on Waiver of Arbitration Agreements Under Texas Law

While employers may enter into arbitration agreements with employees relatively easily, ensuring the enforcement of arbitration agreements can be a different matter. For this reason, employers are rightfully cautious to avoid...more

Supreme Court Applies McWane To Arbitration

For the first time, the Delaware Supreme Court held that an arbitration proceeding qualifies as a having been first filed, warranting dismissal of a later filed suit under the McWane doctrine on forum selection. ...more

Federal Employment Case Update | Pizza and Beer

Members of Certified Class Lack Standing to Challenge Class Arbitration Ban - Conners v. Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria - United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit - When Jacqueline Conners brought a class...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 Addresses Honorable Engagement Provision In Arbitration Clause

In First State Insurance Company v. National Cas. Co., 2015 WL 1263147, No. 14-1644 (1st Cir. March 20, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit (the “Court of Appeals”) affirmed the lower court’s refusal to...more

5th Circuit Vacates Arbitration Award Conducted By Wrong Arbitrator Under Wrong Rules

Let’s say your arbitration agreement calls for arbitration administered by JAMS under JAMS rules, but the arbitrator is independent and applies AAA rules, over one party’s objection.  A new decision from the Fifth Circuit...more

Sixth Circuit Decision Refusing to Enforce Collective Action Waiver Included in Separation Agreement Remains Intact; Supreme Court...

This week, the Supreme Court disappointed many employers by declining to determine whether the Fair Labor Standards Act does or does not provide employees with a non-waivable substantive right to bring a collective action. ...more

Court Directs Cedents To Indicate Whether They Will Continue To Argue Against The Finality Of An Arbiration Award To Preclude Its...

In a pending dispute in the Southern District of New York arising from a quota share contract of reinsurance between Employers Insurance of Wausau, as reinsurer, and Nutmeg Insurance and Twin City Fire, as cedents, Nutmeg and...more

6th Circuit Holds that Accountants Conducting Financial Arbitration Can Also Make Legal Determinations

A new case from the Sixth Circuit addresses whether accountants who are resolving a dispute about payments made under an agreement can also make legal determinations about the same agreement. In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth...more

Court Affirms Reinsurance Arbitration Award In Favor Of First State Inurance Company And New England Reinsurance Corporation

Phased arbitration proceedings involving First State Insurance Company and New England Reinsuance Corporation against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company addressed claims arising under numerous reinsurance agreements between...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - First Quarter 2015

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Chancery Court Denies Enforcement of Drag-Along Right in Transaction Where Notice to Minority Stockholders Improperly Provided After Majority Stockholder Approval...more

Arbitration Outcomes Not Binding on Subsequent Arbitration Panels, Court Rules

A recent Alberta Court of Queen's Bench decision in ENMAX Energy Corporation v. TransAlta Generation Partnership addresses long-standing legal principles such as stare decisis and res judicata in the context of arbitration...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - Q1 2015

Use it or lose it: French courts reject procedural objections not raised at the earliest opportunity - The Paris Court of Appeal has issued a stark warning to litigants who fail to raise procedural objections at the...more

Federal Court Case Update | Filings and Firings

Following is the start of a new series on the JAMS ADR Blog, featuring short synopses of recent case rulings related to arbitration or ADR. We’re excited to share this information as we know this is an area that will be of...more

Use it or lose it: French courts reject procedural objections not raised at the earliest opportunity

The Paris Court of Appeal has issued a stark warning to litigants who fail to raise procedural objections at the earliest opportunity, denying parties the right to raise those objections in a subsequent challenge to the...more

Resolving Potentially Inconsistent Jurisdiction And Arbitration Provisions In Commercial Contracts

In Amtrust Europe Ltd v Trust Risk Group SPA [2014] EWHC 4169 (Comm), 10 December 2014, an alleged conflict between jurisdiction and arbitration clauses was resolved by reference to the purpose and construction of the...more

Singapore launches International Commercial Court

The Singapore International Commercial Court (the SICC) was officially launched on 5 January 2015 at the Opening of the Singapore Legal Year. One of the express objectives of the SICC is "to further boost Singapore's value...more

Drawing the line on arbitrator impartiality

In a rare decision under s24 of the Arbitration Act 1996, the English court has recently taken the unusual step of removing an arbitrator due to concerns about his impartiality and conduct. While the view of the English...more

DIFC gains momentum towards implementation of a mechanism to permit conversion of DIFC court judgments into arbitral awards

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a separate and distinct jurisdiction established within the UAE in 2004 as a financial free zone, in which the civil and commercial laws of the UAE are disapplied. The DIFC...more

Court Severs Term But Otherwise Enforces Arbitration Provision With A Class Action Waiver

In a victory for Sheppard Mullin and its client, in Trabert v. Consumer Portfolio Serv., Inc., __ Cal. App. 4th. __, 2015 WL 880949 (4th Dist. Mar. 3, 2015), the California Court of Appeal compelled arbitration and enforced a...more

Court Denies Summary Judgment Motions Despite An Express Agreement To Arbitrate

A New York federal district judge denied Plaintiffs McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP (“McKenna”) and Vincent W. Sedmak (“Sedmak”) motions for summary judgment which sought to stop an arbitration action from Ironshore Specialty...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

Arbitration Roundup

Emilio v. Sprint Spectrum L.P., Case No. 14-732-cv (2d Cir. Nov. 12, 2014) (affirming denial of motion to vacate award; district court did not err by finding that arbitrator did not exceed powers nor manifestly disregard law...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

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