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International Arbitration Newsletter - Q4 2014

CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO – SOUTH AFRICA’S TERMINATION OF ITS BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: The main concern for any foreign investor is security of tenure for its investment. Investors generally feel threatened when...more

Auto Notes - December 2014

In This Issue: - Retail Vehicle Installment Sale Contracts Now Regulated under PA Consumer Credit Code’s Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Provisions - Arbitration Clauses Referencing American Arbitration...more

Challenging the status quo – South Africa's termination of its bilateral trade agreements

The main concern for any foreign investor is security of tenure for its investment. Investors generally feel threatened when governments promote policy changes that could potentially have an adverse effect on the rights and...more

UPDATE: Third Circuit Affirms Arbitrability of Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim in Khazin v. TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., ___ F.3d...

In March, we wrote about a ruling out of the District of New Jersey enforcing an arbitration provision contained in an employment agreement that pre-dated Dodd-Frank. The court reasoned that to disregard a pre-Dodd-Frank...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Putative TCPA Class Action Is Not Subject to Arbitration Clause in Shrinkwrap Contract

The Ninth Circuit recently held that a putative class action asserting violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) was not subject to arbitration because the representative plaintiff was unaware of...more

AFSA responds to state AG call for arbitration limits

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) has sent a letter to Director Cordray responding to the letter sent to him last month by 16 Democratic state attorneys general calling on the CFPB to limit the use of...more

Enforcement of Arbitration Award by Equitable Execution over Foreign Assets

In Cruz City Mauritius Holdings v Unitech Ltd & ors [2014] EWHC 3131 (Comm), 2 October 2014, Males J allowed the application of the claimant for the appointment of receivers by way of equitable execution over the foreign...more

A Snapshot Of The Investor-State Dispute Settlement Framework In Australia's Asian Free Trade Agreement Trifecta

On 17 November 2014, Australia and China concluded negotiations over the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the text of the agreement to be finalised in 2015. Our previous article flagged that the change of...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #46

We are pleased to present the 46th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address class actions pending against Silicon Valley companies,...more

Foreign Investor Protection v. National Sovereignty: The Pros and Cons of Investor-State Arbitration

United States companies investing abroad stand to gain additional legal protections in the near future from two international treaties currently under negotiation intended to safeguard investments of United States investors...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

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

Second Circuit Affirms Orders Enjoining Arbitration, Holding Broad Forum Selection Clause Supersedes FINRA Arbitration Rule

The Second Circuit affirmed two cases in which financial services firms had succeeded in enjoining FINRA arbitrations that were initiated against them by public financing entities. The court held that in each case, the FINRA...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

FINRA Issues Guidance Notice To Warn Against Settlements Barring Whistleblower Tips

This month, FINRA issued guidance notice 14-40 to reminds firms that “it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more

Legal Briefs: A Periodic Summary of Judicial Decisions Affecting Accounting and Financial Services Professionals - October 2014

The New Jersey District Court recently ruled that an economic damages expert retained by plaintiffs’ counsel in a class action was not entitled to any further compensation for his work. The facts in Rothstein v. Harstad...more

FINRA Provides New Carve-Out Provisions to Include in Settlement and Confidentiality Agreements

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Member Firms have new language to include in their settlement and confidentiality agreements. On October 9, FINRA released Regulatory Notice (RN) 14-40, warning that firms are...more

Structuring Energy and Natural Resource Investments into Sub Saharan Africa

An improving investment climate - Perceptions of Africa as an investment destination are changing rapidly and parts of Africa are increasingly considered very attractive for foreign direct investment. Compare this to...more

Regulators at SIFMA Regional Conference Highlight Regulatory, Litigation and Arbitration Risks

At a recent regional SIFMA conference, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and state regulators discussed the risks inherent in the ongoing low-yield environment....more

Applicability Of Late Payment Of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 – What Is A "Sufficient Connecting Factor" With England?

In Martrade Shipping & Transport GmbH v United Enterprises Corp [2014] EWHC 1884 (Comm), 12 June 2014, Popplewell J considered the application of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (the 1998 Act) to...more

N.J. Supreme Court Rules that Consumer Arbitration Pact Is Invalid

The court found that the arbitration agreement failed to clearly and unambiguously advise that the plaintiff was giving up the right to pursue statutory claims in court....more

Second Circuit Holds Forum Selection Clause Supersedes FINRA’s Mandatory Arbitration Rule

In Goldman, Sachs & Co. v. Golden Empire Schools Financing Authority, No. 13-797-cv, 2014 WL 4099289 (2d Cir. Aug. 21, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a forum selection clause in a...more

Forum-Selection vs. Arbitration Issue Teeing Up for Supremes

The Second Circuit stayed its mandate last week to allow public-pension litigants to file cert petitions seeking review of its August holding that a subsequent account-agreement forum-selection clause requiring federal-court...more

A Check in the “Win” Column for Broker-Dealers!

The Second Circuit recently issued a single opinion for two cases [Goldman Sachs & Co. v. Golden Empire Sch. Fin. Auth., No. 13-797-cv (2d Cir. Aug. 21, 2014) and Citigroup Global Mkts. Inc. v. N.C.E. Mun. Power Agency, No....more

Second Circuit Decision Provides Guidance for Drafting Enforceable Broker-Dealer Agreement Forum Selection Clause

On August 21, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided two closely watched appeals regarding the intersection of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) rules mandating arbitration of...more

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