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California Court Rejects Arbitration Agreement for Unconscionability

On October 27, 2015, the California Court of Appeal, in an unpublished decision, issued yet another ruling applying the unconscionability doctrine to arbitration agreements in the employment context. In Prince v. Pletcher,...more

Lyft Reaches Settlement Preserving Independent Contractor Status for Drivers

Lyft, Inc. has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by drivers that preserves the drivers’ classification as independent contractors rather than employees. Although Lyft agreed to pay $12.25 million and...more

Warning – a party who refused to accept an offer to mediate is penalised with indemnity costs for the entire proceedings!

In another clinical negligence action, the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has once more been ordered to pay indemnity costs on detailed assessment proceedings after rejecting a claimant’s offer to mediate....more

Third Circuit Reaffirms High Burden To Establish Delegation Of Class Arbitrability Determination

Earlier this month, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed its holding that the availability of class arbitration constitutes a question of arbitrability to be decided by courts unless the arbitration agreement...more

To Litigate or not to Litigate: Practical Considerations for Every Business

It should come as no surprise that business is booming in Silicon Valley, although with the growing number of businesses comes increased potential for conflict and litigation. Know that litigation is serious business. ...more

Supreme Court Rules That Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Action & NLRB Doubles Down on Horton and Expands Its...

An unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment does not moot a plaintiff's case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez. In the case, Jose Gomez filed a nationwide class-action on behalf of...more

"Expropriation Damages in Cases Involving Investment Treaties"

Most investment treaties assure investors that, in the event of expropriation, they will receive compensation based on the market value of the enterprise at the time of seizure (excluding the negative valuation effects of any...more

"Challenging the Selection of Party-Appointed Arbitrators"

As arbitration continues to be widely utilized in international commerce, the issue of how arbitrators should handle conflict checks, and who is suitable for appointment as arbitrator in complex cases, will remain a vital...more

Choose Words Carefully in Dispute-Related Contract Clauses

A couple of words here or there in a contract can make a huge difference, particularly when those words relate to what happens if there is a breach or some other dispute between the parties. This is something that the parties...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Arbitration Timelines

This decision explains the timelines for seeking to vacate an arbitration award. It illustrates that an arbitration proceeding has its own rules that the parties better understand or lose their rights....more

Commercial Division Rules Revamp Encourages International Arbitration Matters In The New York County Commercial Division

The Commercial Division Advisory Council continued its revamp of the Commercial Division Rules on October 14, 2015, when it implemented amendments to 22 NYCRR § 202.70(b) and (c). As we discussed in this blog when the...more

Legal Trends: Litigation & Dispute Resolution

In 2016, regulated persons in Canada are increasingly likely to find themselves facing prosecution before tribunals, rather than in courts, and facing significant exposure to monetary penalties in those...more

Freezing Injunctions In Support Of International Arbitration – The Role Of The English Courts

Arbitration is based on consent. An arbitral tribunal derives its powers from an agreement between the parties. Tribunals also take time to form and their orders are not binding upon third parties. Whilst this grants...more

December 2015: International Arbitration Update

Increasing Trend of Requiring Disclosure of Litigation Funding Agreements in International Arbitration. Third-party funding of litigation is a fast- growing industry, and funders have become increasingly active in funding...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Racketeering Claim To Proceed Following Arbitration

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed summary judgment in favor of defendants who faced a RICO suit following resolution of arbitration with the plaintiffs. The case involved a dispute...more

SHE Matters: The Consumer Rights Act 2015

This year has seen the advent of a key new piece of legislation, which has boosted the statutory rights of consumers in the UK. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Act), the main provisions of which entered into force on 1 October...more

WTO COOL Decision puts Congress on the Clock

The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued an arbitration decision in the longstanding Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) dispute between Canada, Mexico, and the United States on December 7. The arbitrator determined that...more

Canada: Court Orders Punitive Damages for An Employer’s Willful Mischaracterization of the Basis of a Termination

A recent case from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Gordon v. Altus Group Ltd., serves as a reminder that employers should not exaggerate facts when asserting a defense of “just cause” termination....more

Court Vacates Arbitration Decision That Allowed Class Members To Opt-Out Of Injunctive Relief Class, Finding Arbitrator Exceeded...

Reviewing a previously conferred arbitration award, a district court in New York granted defendant Sterling Jewelers’ motion to vacate the decision to the extent that it would have allowed class members the opportunity to...more

Arbitration Limitations

A recent California Court of Appeal decision, Singerlewak LLP v. Gantman (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 610, illustrates the typically limited scope of judicial review in binding arbitration cases. Published appellate decisions...more

India Overhauls Its Arbitration Regime

Sweeping changes have been made to India's arbitration legislation, the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (the "1996 Act"). These changes have been made through an executive ordinance and came into effect on 23 October...more

Not Quite Left Out to Dry: Remedies Under International Investment Treaties Available to Renewable Energy Investors Harmed by...

In recent years, project developers, investment funds, and energy companies have invested heavily in renewable energy as a result of incentive programs offered in the legislation of countries such as Germany, Spain, and...more

Recent New York Decisions Bolster Right to Broad Discovery in Aid of Judgments

New York is a key venue for the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards, and two recent decisions concerning post-judgment discovery demonstrate that while courts will apply their execution and garnishment authority with...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2015 Term Promises Slew of Significant Labor and Employment Cases

Each year, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its term on the first Monday in October. Although known as the “October Term,” the term in fact continues, alternating between two-week “sittings” and “recesses,” until late June or...more

The Class Actions Global Guide, US

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF CLASS/COLLECTIVE ACTIONS IN YOUR JURISDICTION? ARE THEY POPULAR AND WHAT ARE THE CURRENT TRENDS? Definition of class/collective actions - In the US, a class action is a form of...more

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