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When Does an Anti-Arbitration Provision Not Prohibit Arbitration of a Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted on July 21, 2010, provides broad whistleblower protections to individuals who report certain possible violations of federal securities laws. Mindful that...more

Understanding Halliburton in Light of Recent Supreme Court Jurisprudence

In recent years, the Supreme Court has decided a number of cases that, alone and certainly in the aggregate, have significantly impacted the ability of plaintiffs to initiate and maintain class actions. By and large,...more

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

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

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

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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 34

In this issue: - Oregon State Court Refuses to Enforce Forum Selection Bylaw - SEC Announces Pilot Program to Widen Tick Sizes for Smaller Companies - NFA Issues Notice Setting Effective Date for Risk...more

Second Circuit Holds Subsequent Forum-Selection Clause Trumps FINRA Arbitration Requirement

The Second Circuit joined the Ninth in holding that a subsequent contractual forum-selection clause requiring federal-court litigation trumps the base requirement that FINRA member firms must arbitrate upon a customer’s...more

Second Circuit Rules Broad Forum Selection Clause Trumps FINRA Rule Requiring Arbitration

On August 21, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Ninth Circuit in holding that FINRA rules requiring arbitration of customer disputes may be superseded by an agreement between a member...more

SEC Approves Amended FINRA Rule 2081 Prohibiting Settlements Conditioned on Expungement

On July 22, the SEC approved amendments to FINRA Rule 2081 that prohibit member firms from conditioning arbitration settlements (or seeking to) upon a customer’s assent to CRD expungement relief. The Rule amendments prohibit...more

FINRA Sends “Public Arbitrators” Rule to SEC for Approval

On June 30, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) sent its proposed rules to limit the definition of “public arbitrators” to those without any experience in the securities industry. Previously, an...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration Based On Unsigned Agreement

The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration in a securities fraud lawsuit brought by two investors in a company. The basis for the motion to compel was an arbitration...more

FINRA Continues Investor-Friendly Arbitration Reforms

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is submitting rule amendments for SEC approval that would generally make individuals with any past ties to the financial industry ineligible to be considered "public" FINRA...more

First Things First: There Must Be An Arbitration Agreement In Order To Compel Arbitration

Two courts recently refused to compel arbitration because the defendants could not prove that the parties had entered into an arbitration agreement at all. Therefore, the musical accompaniment to this post is “Do Re Mi” from...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Broad Reading of Arbitration Ban in Dodd-Frank

In a variation on a familiar refrain, the Fourth Circuit recently upheld the enforceability of another arbitration provision under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) in Santoro v. Accenture Federal Services, LLC. This time,...more

NC Business Court Stays Arbitration Pending Ruling On Piercing The Veil Claim

The Order in Cold Springs Ventures, LLC v. Gilead Sciences, Inc., 2014 NCBC 10 is a procedural conundrum wrapped up in arbitration issues. The Plaintiffs in the Business Court are the respondents in a separate arbitration...more

9th Circuit Holds Issuer Is Investment Bank’s “Customer” And “Actions and Proceedings” Include Arbitrations

In 2005 and 2006, the biggest little city in the world (aka Reno, Nevada) issued approximately $211 million in securities employing Goldman, Sachs & Co. as its sole underwriter and broker-dealer. The financing didn’t work...more

Securities Litigators Who Do Not Understand Insurance Coverage Could Pay Dearly

There was a time not that long ago when lawyers representing parties in securities litigation and arbitration did not have to concern themselves too much with insurance coverage issues. Federal and state statutory securities...more

Crude Allegations: Corruption in the Energy Trading Sector

The world-wide energy trading sector, where traders match physical supply and demand of energy by purchasing, reselling, and moving commodities (crude oil and refined products, natural gas, coal, and even electricity) across...more

Cross-border derivatives disputes: ISDA Arbitration Guide 2013 model clauses offer more certainty

The 2013 International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Arbitration Guide has been published following a two-year consultation with ISDA members. The Guide provides model clauses for various forms of arbitration...more

2013 ISDA Arbitration Guide Published

On 9 September 2013, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published its 2013 ISDA Arbitration Guide. The decision to introduce optional arbitration clauses for the 1992 and 2002 ISDA Master...more

Finally, Membership Will Have its Privileges: Canadian Investors Abroad to Benefit as Canada Joins ICSID

Canada has announced, on November 1, 2013, that it has ratified the ICSID Convention and will at long last become a member of the principal international rule-making and administrative body for disputes between investors and...more

ISDA Adopts Model Arbitration Clauses for Use with ISDA Master Agreements

Following extensive consultation with its members, in September 2013 the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) published seven model international arbitration clauses (the “Model Arbitration Clauses”) for...more

Interest Rate Swap Agreements: Draft Information Letter of the Russian Supreme Commercial Court

This alert discusses the recently published Draft Information Letter of the Presidium of the Russian Federation Supreme Commercial Court (the “SCC”) entitled “Dispute Resolution Issues Arising out of Interest Rate Swap...more

Congress Could Nix Mandatory Arbitration

In light of the absence of SEC action on topic, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced the Investors Choice Act of 2013....more

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