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Michigan Supreme Court Holds That Agency Principles Apply to Determining the Scope of an Arbitration Clause

It is well established that whether a particular dispute falls within the scope of an arbitration clause depends on the language of the parties’ agreement. In the recent case of Altobelli v Hartmann, the Michigan Supreme...more

Construction Defect Debate to be Heard by Colorado Supreme Court

The construction defects case of Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condominium Association, Inc. v. Metropolitan Homes, Inc., et al. has garnered national attention since the Colorado Court of Appeals' decision in May 2015,...more

Challenging Arbitral Awards – Who’s the Boss and What Can It Do?

Appealing High Court decisions under the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act) may be restricted following a recent ruling by the Court of Appeal. In Integral Petroleum SA v Melars Group Limited (2016 EWCA Civ 108), the Court of...more

Arbitration and the Courts – A Question of Balance

Lord Thomas has delivered a speech calling for the relationship between arbitration and the courts in England and Wales to be rebalanced. This has elicited strong responses from prominent members of the arbitration community,...more

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

Singapore Ratifies the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements

Ratification will take effect on 1 October 2016. On 2 June, Singapore ratified the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (the Convention). The Convention will take effect under domestic legislation through...more

Another Road Bump for Consumer Arbitration Clauses in New Jersey

On June 14, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued yet another consumer friendly decision that further impedes the ability to enforce an arbitration agreement under New Jersey law. In a 5-1 decision, the Court in Dever v....more

Eighth Circuit Weighs in On Legality of Class Action Waivers

On June 2, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver was lawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Cellular...more

"Texas Supreme Court Update: Arbitration Review Under the Texas Arbitration Act - Are Common Law Grounds for Review Dead?"

In Hoskins v. Hoskins, et al, (2016 WL 2993929) the Texas Supreme Court held that the sole grounds available to set aside an arbitration award under the Texas Arbitration Act (“TAA”) are found in Section 171.008 of the TAA,...more

New Jersey Becomes Third Recent State Court to Refuse To Enforce Delegation Clause

In a decision that appears intentionally controversial, the Supreme Court of New Jersey yesterday refused to enforce the delegation clause in a for-profit college’s enrollment agreement in a 5-1 opinion. Morgan v. Sanford...more

Court Denies Motion To Enforce Judgment And Grants Motion To Stay Pending Appeal In Contentious Arbitration Clause Dispute

We previously reported on the confirmation of three awards in a dispute between National Indemnity Company (“NICO”) and IRB Brasil Ressegurous S.A (“IRB”). In April, NICO submitted a motion for an award of its fees and costs...more

Business Litigation Reporter - June 2016

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Circuit Courts Weigh Employee Arbitration Waiver Agreements with Divergent Results

Conflicting decisions issued within one week of each other from the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits exemplify the ongoing debate in circuit courts across the country about the enforceability of...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Unlawful Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers

The Seventh Circuit recently ruled that employment arbitration agreements containing class waivers are unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act. In doing so, the Seventh Circuit has created a circuit court split on...more

Out On A Limb, 7th Circuit Creates Circuit Split Over Class Arbitration For Employees

Of all the federal circuit courts, I was not expecting the 7th Circuit to venture out on a limb to support the NLRB’s interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) as precluding class arbitration waivers. ...more

May 2016: International Arbitration Update

García’s Green Light to Dual Nationals in Investor-State Arbitration. The decision in Serafín García Armas v. República Bolivariana de Venezuela, PCA Case No. 2013-3, Decision on Jurisdiction (Dec. 14, 2014) touches on a very...more

An Oily Situation: Separability, Public Policy and Arbitral Awards

A recent High Court judgment has highlighted the importance of carefully drafting arbitration agreements and the difficulties of challenging arbitral awards on public policy grounds. In National Iranian Oil Company v Crescent...more

Circuit Split Develops Over The Enforceability Of Class Waivers In Employment Agreements

Affirming a district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held unenforceable a provision of an employment agreement mandating that wage-and-hour...more

Score One for the NLRB: Seventh Circuit Becomes First Federal Appeals Court to Hold that Class/Collective Action Waivers in...

The Seventh Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to say that employers can’t prevent class/collective actions through waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements, holding that such waivers interfere with...more

Seventh Circuit Creates Circuit Split on Arbitration Agreements that Prohibit Class or Collective Wage and Hour Claims

Recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago held in Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation that a mandatory agreement between the employer (Epic) and its employees requiring arbitration of wage and hour claims on an...more

Employees and Employers

Following are two interesting and recent federal court rulings related to arbitration. Future Disputes are beyond Arbitral Authority Minnesota Nurses Association v. North Memorial Health Care After completing 30...more

New CFPB Rules Threaten More Consumer Class Actions Against Financial Institutions

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is seeking public comment on proposed rules that would significantly change two aspects of consumer finance dispute resolution. ...more

The War on Employment Arbitration

The Seventh Circuit just created a split in the Federal Courts of Appeals by ruling an employment arbitration provision that did not permit arbitration of collective claims was not enforceable because it violated the National...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Collective and Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements are Unenforceable

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that collective and class action waivers contained in arbitration agreements with employees are unenforceable and violate the National Labor Relations Act. Reaching the opposite...more

Federal District Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Hospital Services Dispute

Weirton Medical Center, Inc. (“WMC”), a hospital in West Virginia, entered into an agreement with QHR Intensive Resources, LLC, under which QHR provided hospital administrative services. WMC ultimately terminated the...more

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