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Supreme Court Will Review Three Cases Involving the Lawfulness of Class and Collective Action Waivers

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases involving the lawfulness of class and collective action waivers in arbitration agreements. Since the National Labor Relations Board’s 2012...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide an important issue that has deeply divided the Courts of Appeals—are arbitration provisions in employment agreements that waive an employee's right to bring or participate in class...more

SCOTUS to Determine Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses

The United States Supreme Court granted and consolidated three petitions for certiorari related to the validity of class action waiver clauses in employer/employee arbitration agreements. The Court has consolidated the...more

Court Holds Alleged Industry Bias Among Arbitrators Insufficient To Vacate Award

The case concerned two purchase orders whereby defendant BJB LLC dba Agri Trading (Agri Trading) agreed to purchase corn oil from plaintiff Hardy Industrial Technologies, Inc. (Hardy). A dispute arose and was submitted for...more

“Do-Over” Arbitrations—Appeals Without Appellate Rules?

Are the commonly accepted features of arbitration—speed and finality—being watered down by rules permitting a second arbitration that expose parties to delays and significantly increased expenses? In a recently published...more

Want to Arbitrate? Not So Fast. California Court of Appeals Decision Illustrates Limits to Contractual Obligation to Arbitrate

On December 27, 2016, the California Court of Appeals published a decision on the enforceability of an Alternative Dispute Resolution Agreement (the "Agreement") in the context of an employee-employer relationship.? The issue...more

2016 in Arbitration Law: Fleeting Victories for Consumer Advocates?

If I had drafted this annual summary post on November 7, 2016, it would have looked different. At that point, the year had produced numerous (final or proposed) federal regulations that significantly restricted the use of...more

Fifth Circuit Reaffirms Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements, But Their Fate Remains...

Employers commonly use arbitration agreements to minimize the expense and exposure of employment-related claims. By mandating arbitration of employment disputes, they hope to ensure that these matters are resolved in a...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Ohio Federal Court’s Ruling Denying Motion To Compel Arbitration Because Arbitration Clause In An Expired...

This case involves a dispute between Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd., a Chinese tire manufacturer, its Thai and U.S. subsidiaries (collectively, “Linglong”) and Horizon Tire, Inc., Linglong’s U.S. distributor. A brief...more

Party Cannot Appeal Decision That District Court Did Not Make Regarding Motion To Vacate Arbitration Award

The Sixth Circuit has declined to rule on a motion to vacate an arbitration award, which was brought at the same time as a successful motion to dismiss the action for forum non conveniens, when the district court had not...more

Arbitration Award In International Coal Shipping Dispute Upheld As Within Tribunal’s Authority

An arbitration tribunal awarded damages to Sino East after Kailuan International wrongfully terminated a coal shipping contract after the delivery was delayed. The two Hong Kong-based companies’ agreement for Sino East to...more

Fourth Circuit Refuses To Vacate FINRA Arbitration Award, Despite Party’s Claim That It Had No Opportunity To Participate In...

UBS Financial Services’ motion to vacate a FINRA arbitration award was denied, despite its claims that the panel was improperly chosen and that the panels damages award was flawed in that it did not impose an offset. UBS...more

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award rendered in a dispute involving an administrative contract - On 9 November 2016, the Plenary Session (Assemblée du...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Genuine Issue of Material Fact Standard

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini continues to examine an ongoing case questioning the validity of an arbitration agreement. Read Chris' earlier analysis here. In this most recent installment challenging the...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Refusal To Compel Arbitration Where Agreements Contained Conflicting Arbitration Provisions

Mr. Ragab sued two financial companies and a corporate officer for misrepresentation and for violating several consumer credit repair statutes. There were six agreements between the parties, including, for example, a...more

Why Brexit is Not Bad News For UK-Based Arbitration and Litigation

A lot has been said about the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and its likely impact on doing business with and within the UK. Will London remain Europe’s financial centre? Will the UK reinstate customs duties on imports and...more

Brazil’s top court strikes down validity of arbitration clause in franchise agreement

In a recent and potentially far-reaching decision, the Superior Tribunal of Justice – the highest court of Brazil for non-constitutional matters with responsibility for harmonizing interpretation of federal laws by the state...more

Second Circuit Upholds Confirmation Of Arbitration Award Finding The Penalty Provision In Contract Did Not Violate Public Policy

Although unable to revisit the arbitration panel’s fact-finding or legal reasoning behind an arbitration award, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld confirmation of the award itself, as it did not violate public policy....more

Recipient Of Arbitration Award In Reinsurance Dispute Permitted Discovery Of Funds Withheld Account

Plaintiffs secured an interim arbitration award in the amount of $7.8 million, plus interest, in what the court described as a complex insurance/reinsurance program. Seeking to collect on the award, plaintiffs served a...more

Arbitration in Louisiana – Another Budding Romance?

Are Louisiana courts as enamored with arbitration as their Texas counterparts? Looks like it. East of the Sabine, submitting your dispute to arbitration means you are pretty much saying adieu, farewell and bye-bye to...more

The Sixth Circuit Confirms What We Already Should Know — It Can Be Challenging to Enforce an Arbitration Provision in an Expired...

A unanimous panel of the Sixth Circuit recently rejected a manufacturer’s attempt to compel arbitration under an expired contract in Linglong Americas, Inc. v. Horizon Tire, Inc. The manufacturer and its distributor entered...more

Reinsurance Arbitration Award Stands In Face Of Challenges To Rationality And Impartiality Of Decision

Yosemite Insurance Co. (“Yosemite”) lost its challenge to an arbitration award that found Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (“Nationwide”) was not required to cover a share of Yosemite’s settlement with the State of California...more

Fuzzy Math? 6 Differing Arbitration Agreements = 0 Arbitration Agreement

If you ever wanted an “Exhibit A” for how drafting arbitration agreement(s) could go very, very wrong, the Tenth Circuit has just provided it. In Ragab v. Howard, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 6832870 (10th Nov. 21, 2016), a majority...more

Court Grants Default Judgment Confirming Arbitration Award, With A Lesson On Jurisdiction

Choice Hotels filed an application to confirm an arbitration award of over $247,000 for the alleged breach of a franchise agreement by two defendants, which failed to timely commence construction of a hotel. The defendants...more

Third Circuit Reverses Order Denying Arbitration, Ruling That State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Of Insurance Matters Challenged...

Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company appealed from the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in a dispute related to a reinsurance participation contract with South Jersey Sanitation Company. The trial...more

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