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Separate trials of liability and quantum in an insurance context

In Fortescue Metals Group Ltd v Underwriting Members of XL Syndicate 1209 at Lloyd’s for the 2004 and 2005 Underwriting Years of Account [2014] WASC 422, the Supreme Court of Western Australia considered whether to order the...more

Firms Have Roadmap for Expanding Litigation of Customer Disputes After Second Circuit Holds Forum Selection Clauses Trump FINRA’s...

In the recent decision, Goldman Sachs & Co. v. Golden Empire Sch. Fin. Auth., 764 F.3d 210 (2d Cir. 2014), the Second Circuit held that nearly-identical forum selection clauses in broker-dealer agreements between the...more

Singapore: The Second Persero Case*

A judgment of July 16, 2014 of the Singapore High Court enforcing a “binding” but not “final” decision of a dispute adjudication board under the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Construction 1999 (the so-called “Red Book”)...more

Expo 2020 - part 5: Managing and resolving construction disputes

Introduction - Since Dubai’s successful 2020 Expo bid, development of new and re-invigorated construction projects has increased significantly. Tenders and new contracts are once more being awarded for a wide range of...more

Don’t Slip Up: The “Boilerplate” Provisions of Your Contracts Deserve Equal Attention

No one would knowingly pay little heed to such a potentially treacherous condition, yet every day in contract negotiation parties devote the vast majority of their efforts to the business terms, while glossing over the...more

Court Denies Petition For Order Confirming Final Arbitration Award And Entry Of Judgment

In First State Ins. Co. v. Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co., No. 13-cv-11322-IT (U.S.D.C. D. Mass. Oct. 21, 2014), a petition for an order to confirm a final arbitration award and entry of judgment was denied. The court determined...more

New Ninth Circuit Opinion Requires Companies Seeking to Enforce Arbitration to Pay 'Sirius' Attention to Contract Formation

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit continued its recent trend of declining to enforce arbitration clauses after finding that the contracts containing those clauses were never actually formed...more

Disputants Await Clarification of Mediation Privilege’s Boundaries

Today, Canadians are mediating their disputes in record numbers. One partial explanation for this phenomenon is that mediation purports to keep discussions between parties confidential, traditionally backstopped by settlement...more

Court Refuses To Seal “Substantive Rulings” In Arbitration Award

A federal court in Michigan was recently presented with a motion to seal the briefing associated with a motion to confirm an arbitration award. The arbitration concerned a reinsurance dispute and had been conducted pursuant...more

NLRB Reaffirms Noel Canning Position on Use of Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In its Noel Canning decision earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated numerous decisions made by the National Labor Relations Board based on lack of a required quorum. The Court decided that President Obama’s recess...more

NLRB Reaffirms 2012 D. R. Horton Decision

The decision holds that arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers violate the National Labor Relations Act. On October 28, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) held fast to its...more

Unchecked: How Frazier v. CitiFinancial Eliminated Judicially Created Grounds for Vacatur Under the Federal Arbitration Act

Arbitration agreements play a pivotal role in resolving civil disputes. In an effort to avoid the time and expense of litigation, arbitration is often favored over traditional judicial remedies. In 1925, Congress passed the...more

Litigation Update: Court's Refusal To Enforce An Award On Public Policy Grounds: A Step Backward For International Arbitration In...

In recent years, Australian courts have confirmed the "sacrosanct principle of international arbitration that courts will not review the substance of arbitrators' decisions" 1, assuring parties to a dispute that the...more

Direct Benefits Estoppel: 7th Cir. Explains How You Can Be Compelled To Arbitrate Without Agreeing To Do So

Everyone knows that you can’t be compelled to arbitrate a dispute unless you’ve agreed to do so. But what everyone knows is sometimes wrong. There are situations in which a person has to arbitrate even though she didn’t sign...more

Second Circuit Extends Scope of Federal Jurisdiction In Litigation Arising From The Facebook IPO

In a recent case arising from the Facebook IPO, NASDAQ OMX Group v. UBS Securities, LLC, No. 13-Civ. 2657 (2d Cir. October 31, 2014), the Second Circuit determined that the federal courts had jurisdiction to enjoin an...more

Hawaii Finds Unilateral Arbitrator-Selection Provision Fundamentally Unfair

The Supreme Court of Hawai’i concluded last week that it is fundamentally unfair to allow one party to an arbitration agreement to unilaterally select the arbitral forum. Nishimura v. Gentry Homes, Ltd., __ P.3d__, 2014 WL...more

Arbitration Denied In Mortgage Life Insurance Dispute Where Neither Note Nor Policy Referenced Arbitration Agreement

A court refused to compel arbitration in a dispute surrounding the cancellation of and failure to pay life insurance benefits under a debtor group life insurance policy. The relevant note and insurance policy did not contain...more

Court Of Appeal Compels Arbitration Based Upon Related Documents

On August 29, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in reversing the district court on interlocutory appeal, found that an indemnification agreement, performance bonds, and a subcontract between...more

New York Federal Court Holds That Arbitrator’s Undisclosed Serious Health Condition Is Not Ground for Vacatur

There are several differences between court litigation and international arbitration, but two in particular stand out. First, whereas the losing party at trial can bring an appeal, the losing party in an arbitration can only...more

State Supreme Court’s Interpretation of FAA Sidesteps SCOTUS Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent string of pro-arbitration decisions is well documented. In those decisions, the Court has not hesitated to admonish state courts for failing to follow the Federal Arbitration Act...more

No Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, Says NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has decided to follow its own oft-criticized 2012 decision in D.R. Horton, holding that arbitration agreements barring class action lawsuits about working conditions, which are signed...more

International Arbitration Newsletter

In This Issue: - The 2014 LCIA Rules - Latham & Watkins Secures Arbitral Award and Judgment When Respondent Fails to Post Full Security for Enforcement Stay - Ukraine Crisis: A Recap of the Latest US and EU...more

Protecting Confidentiality of Patent Infringement Settlements: Is Mediation Necessary?

Parties regularly opt to keep terms, conditions and licensing agreements confidential when settling patent infringement disputes. Often, patentees do not want the license terms to serve as precedent in other assertions of the...more

Arbitration vs Forum-Selection Clauses: Chicken & Egg Dilemma?

Last week the Fifth Circuit weighed in on how inartfully crafted arbitration and forum-selection clauses might trump one another. Together with recent decisions from the Second and Ninth Circuits – each with cert petitions...more

In California, Who Decides If An Arbitration Agreement Covers Class Arbitration?

Network Capital Funding Corp. v. Papke, No. G049172 (October 9, 2014): A California Court of Appeal recently held that absent “clear and unmistakable” language in an arbitration agreement authorizing an arbitrator to decide...more

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