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Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules That Despite Deference Afforded Arbitrator, the Award Must Be Vacated Where Arbitrator’s Decision...

Nappa Constr. Mgmt., LLC v. Flynn, 2017 R.I. LEXIS 13 (R.I. Jan. 23, 2017) - Caroline and Vincent Flynn (the “Flynns”) contracted with Nappa Construction Management, LLC (“Nappa”) to construct an automobile repair...more

Employers Closely Follow Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing as He May Cast Deciding Vote on Validity of Class Action Waivers

March 22, 2017 marks the third day of the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Many employers throughout the Carolinas are watching the process with interest given the impact Judge Gorsuch would...more

Update on CAJAC

The China-Africa Joint Arbitration Centre (CAJAC) is a partnership between the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) and the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC). One of the main reasons for the...more

Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Attempt to Compel Trademark Arbitration

In a case stemming from a trademark dispute involving a beauty line owned by the Kardashian sisters, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration filed by...more

An Arbitration Agreement That Attempts to Skew a Statutory Arbitration Scheme Is Void as Against Public Policy

Federal public policy favors arbitration and the broad interpretation and enforcement of arbitration agreements. So how can an arbitration agreement be held by a court to be void as against public policy? One answer from a...more

N.J. Supreme Court Finds Material Breach by Company That Knowingly Refused to Cooperate with Arbitration Demands Filed in...

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that a company’s refusal to cooperate with plaintiffs’ arbitration demands was a material breach of their arbitration agreement, which barred the company from later compelling...more

Ninth Circuit Enforces Arbitration Agreement's Class Action Ban, but Only After Severance of PAGA Ban

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently overruled a lower court’s decision refusing to enforce an arbitration agreement, holding that the dispute resolution provision of the agreement was valid and...more

The adoption of institutional arbitration rules and their effect on the right to appeal in domestic arbitrations

In recent years, it has become increasingly commonplace for commercial parties involved in complex commercial transactions to include an arbitration clause as their chosen dispute resolution mechanism within the terms of the...more

Arbitral Award Settling Buyout Price In Diamond Business Dispute Affirmed Over Allegations Of Arbitrator Partiality

The arbitration award in a dispute between former joint venture partners in a series of international diamond businesses has been confirmed by the Southern District of New York. The decision resolved motions by Julius Klein...more

Bayer CropScience AG v. Dow Agrosciences LLC (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Earlier this month, in Bayer CropScience AG v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, the Federal Circuit concluded that the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia correctly confirmed an international arbitration tribunal's award...more

New Jersey Says Non-Payment Of Arbitration Fees is Breach of Agreement

The New Jersey Supreme Court refused to allow a respondent to benefit from its refusal to pay arbitration fees in Roach v. BM Motoring, LLC, 2017 WL 931430 (NJ March 9, 2017)....more

Congress Considers Limiting Pre-dispute Arbitration Agreements in the Employment Context

Many employers require employees to sign arbitration agreements at the inception of the employment relationship and prior to any disputes, such as part of their new hire packets or as a condition of their employment. ...more

Supreme Court Decision On Arbitration Clauses Could Significantly Reduce Employer Exposure to Class Claims

Savvy employers always need to be on the look-out for ways to mitigate the ever-growing risks posed by increasingly burdensome state and federal employment laws. Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will have the chance to...more

Two steps forward, one step back - the new arbitration law in Qatar

On 16 February 2017, Qatar issued a new law on arbitration, inspired by the UNCITRAL Model Law, an international template for law on arbitration. This new Arbitration Law comes at a time when Qatar (like other countries...more

Court Finds That Arbitration Award That Interpreted Contract “Termination” To Include Contract “Expiration” Was Not A “Manifest...

Former franchisees filed a petition to vacate an arbitration award entered in favor of their former franchisor which enforced a 2-year non-compete provision in the parties’ franchise agreement when the agreement expired. The...more

Arbitrating PAGA Representative Actions: Federal and State Courts Begin to Part Ways

Seyfarth Synopsis: Three decisions issued earlier this month reveal an increasing tension between the Ninth Circuit and California appellate courts on whether representative PAGA actions can be arbitrated. As a result,...more

Federal Court in California Rules That the Federal Arbitration Act Preempts California Statute That Requires Arbitrations Relating...

Bell Prods. v. Hosp. Bldg. & Equip. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9183 (ND of Cal. Jan. 23, 2017) - A Contractor, Hospital Building and Equipment Company (“HBE”) entered into a subcontract with a mechanical subcontractor,...more

Managing the Employment Relationship in Ontario

What state-specific laws govern the employment relationship? The Employment Standards Act, 2000, sets out most of the minimum employment standards for provincially regulated workplaces in Ontario....more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2017: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES A.

IV. PRACTICE ISSUES A. The doctrine of abuse of process does not preclude re-litigation of the issue of whether or not an individual was insured in a priority dispute between insurers in the face of that individual’s having...more

Abuse of process and prior arbitral awards

The Court of Appeal has provided important guidance on the circumstances in which a court claim can be struck out as an abuse of process on the basis that it forms a collateral attack on a prior arbitral award between...more

Revised ICC Arbitration Rules Go into Effect

On March 1st, the revised Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) took effect. The revised Rules seek to enhance time and cost efficiency as well as transparency, and will apply to all arbitrations...more

It’s Smooth Sailing for a Shipping Company After Ninth Circuit Arbitration Victory

Last month, the Ninth Circuit issued a notable opinion addressing the enforceability of arbitration agreements in Poublon v. C.H. Robinson Co., 846 F.3d 1251 (9th Cir. 2017), mandate issued (Feb. 24, 2017). In Poublon, the...more

International Arbitration in the Financial Services Sector: Room to Grow?

The growth of international arbitration has inevitably led arbitral institutions and practitioners alike to focus on areas where there may be scope for further growth over the years ahead. Originally published in...more

The Court Of Chancery Addresses Conflicting Forum And Arbitration Provisions In Related Contracts

The Court of Chancery often addresses the question of who, as between the Court and an arbitrator, should decide whether certain disputes are arbitrable. The analysis of this substantive arbitrability question is complicated...more

Kentucky Federal Court Orders Further Briefing On Whether The Federal Arbitration Act Or Kentucky Law Applies In Dispute Involving...

The background of this case is as follows. State Insurance Commissioner Brian Maynard, acting as liquidator of the failed Kentucky Health Cooperative (“KYHC”), filed suit in Kentucky state court against CGI Technologies and...more

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