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Tenth Circuit Clarifies When Trial Is Necessary To Determine Arbitrability

In a beautifully written opinion, the Tenth Circuit examined an under-used aspect of the Federal Arbitration Act this week: having a jury or court trial. Usually disputes about arbitrability can be determined on a motion akin...more

California Court Gives The Green Light For Arbitration Of Wrongful Termination Suit

Sanchez v. CarMax Auto Superstores California, LLC, B244772 (March 4, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently found that an employer’s arbitration agreement and dispute resolution rules and procedures (DRRP) are not...more

Court Compels Arbitration Of Coverage Issue In Underinsured Motor Vehicle Policy

A federal district court has compelled arbitration of a coverage issue arising out of an Underinsured Motor Vehicle Coverage (UIM) policy issued by Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company. ...more

Another California Court Does Backflips To Thwart Arbitration And Elevate The Class-Action Device

The hostility of some California courts to arbitration—and their resistance to preemption under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)—has produced nearly three decades of U.S. Supreme Court reversals. The most recent is AT&T...more

Court Sanctions Party For Improper Removal Of Action Seeking Confirmation Of Arbitration Award

The facts in Jackson v. Sleek Audio, LLC, et. al., Case No. 13-80725-CIV-Marra (S.D. Fla. March 17, 2014) stemmed from an arbitrators award against Curtis Jackson (“Jackson”) in his action against former business associates,...more

Russell v. Citigroup Inc. – Language in Revised Arbitration Agreement Torpedoes its Application to Pending Class Action

A Sixth Circuit panel found the text of an updated arbitration agreement indicated it did not apply to a wage and hour class action already pending when the agreement was signed. Russell v. Citigroup, Inc., Case No. 13-5994...more

Compliance Matters: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming…

While we strive to bring you the latest regulatory matters that we believe you will find important for compliance purposes, we would like to take a moment to bring you information that may be just as valuable....more

Arbitration Clause In Agreement Between Insured And Reinsurer Held Invalid Under Nebraska Law

A federal district court has held an arbitration clause in a Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA) between an insured and a reinsurer invalid and unenforceable under governing state law. The RPA complemented a standing...more

In Defense of Joint Sessions

Sophisticated ADR users increasingly instruct their neutral to skip the joint session and get down to business. They have grown weary of listening to tiresome opening statements and wary of encountering angry outbursts. Yet...more

ICCA Congress Cements Miami As Arbitration Hub

Every two years the top international arbitration professionals and legal scholars from around the globe gather at the International Council for Commercial Arbitration’s Congress, or “ICCA Congress,” as it is commonly known,...more

Ninth Circuit Adopts Rebuttable Presumption That Order Which Does Not Explicitly Dismiss Arbitrable Claims Stays The Action As To...

Under the Federal Arbitration Act, only “a final decision with respect to an arbitration” is appealable. 9 U.S.C. §16(a)(3). The issue facing the Ninth Circuit was whether an order compelling arbitration which neither...more

Selecting Party Arbitrators

The use of party arbitrators is on the rise in the United States. It is now common in U.S.-based commercial arbitrations with tripartite panels that the parties each select unilaterally one party arbitrator, who then together...more

The Draft LCIA Arbitration Rules 2014 – changes to watch out for: a quick reference guide

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) recently published for consideration the Final Draft of its proposed new Arbitration Rules to replace the 1998 Rules. The proposed changes bring the LCIA Rules...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Reinstates $185 Million Arbitral Award - Placing New Focus on Clear Prerequisites to Arbitration in...

In an opinion issued in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina, 134 S. Ct. 1198 (2014), the United States Supreme Court found that a prerequisite to arbitration was a procedural issue to be decided by the arbitration panel and...more

2014 Guide to International Arbitration

In This Issue: - Foreword Why International Arbitration? - Chapter I What is Arbitration? - Chapter II When Should Provision for Arbitration be Made? - Chapter III The Tribunal - Chapter IV The Choice...more

Arbitration Clause Survives Contract Termination, Sixth Circuit Holds

Can an employer compel arbitration in accordance with an arbitration clause in a contract that has terminated? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently answered this question in the affirmative....more

FLSA Does Not Prohibit Mandatory Individual Arbitration of Claims

Employers concerned about the cost and unpredictability of the civil judicial system may elect to require binding individual arbitration of disputes with their employees. In response, employees trying to get their claims...more

Reinsurance Arbitration Dispute Transferred To Venues In Which Arbitrations Were Pending

National Indemnity Company (NICO) sought an injunction in a Nebraska federal district court to prevent Transatlantic Reinsurance Company and its subsidiary (collectively, Transatlantic Re) from commencing arbitration against...more

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Enforce Post-Suit Arbitration Agreements Based upon Employer Misconduct

The British have a phrase “too clever by half” to describe complex schemes that ultimately won’t work. We all know from cases such as Concepcion, Stolt-Nielsen, Italian Colors, and their progeny that arbitration...more

Editorial: A New Destination For International Arbitration

Every two years the top international arbitration professionals and legal scholars from around the globe gather at the International Council for Commercial Arbitration's Congress, or "ICCA Congress," as it is commonly known,...more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Upholds Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Agreements

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has recently enforced arbitration clauses in short-term “payday” loan contracts, requiring the borrowers to bring their claims in arbitration rather than in court. In doing so, the Court...more

Waiting for Iskanian, Part 5: The Parties' Briefs on the Merits

With tomorrow’s oral argument before the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, our series of previews concludes with a look at the parties’ merits briefs. ...more

Arbitration Round-Up

Arbitration Procedure - Trustees of the New York City District Council of Carpenters Pension Fund, Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund v. Alliance Workroom Corp., No. 13-Civ-5096 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Dec. 11, 2013) (arbitration award...more

Business Litigation Reporter - March 2014

In This Issue: Main Article: ..Russia’s Recently Enacted Anti-Bribery Laws Noted With Interest: ..Are Courtroom Technology Costs Reasonably Necessary To The Conduct Of Litigation In California...more

Arbitration Act 1996 Section 42: Neither a rubber stamp nor a licence to revisit

Section 42 of the Arbitration Act 1996 acts as an effective, although rarely used, mechanism to enforce a recalcitrant party to comply with an arbitrator's peremptory order. But how deep into the merits of a peremptory order...more

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