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Fourth Circuit Rejects Characterization Of Motions “For Reconsideration,” Remands To Determine Whether Dispute Is Arbitrable

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently remanded a case to the district court for full consideration of a request to compel arbitration, finding the lower court’s order “inconsistent with the emphatic federal...more

New empirical study of AAA arbitrations is a study in contradictions

A new empirical study of approximately 5,000 American Arbitration Association (AAA) consumer arbitrations conducted between 2009 and 2013 purports to find a “repeat player” effect favoring companies that previous researchers,...more

Arbitrability of Intra-Company Disputes – an Offshore Perspective

Arbitrability is a question of considerable importance – it is the question of whether a particular issue in dispute is capable of being resolved by arbitration as opposed to litigation – and is therefore a question of...more

Court Dismisses Challenge Of FINRA Arbitration Award For Lack Of Jurisdiction

In a case involving a FINRA arbitration between investors and their financial advisor, Judge Anita S. Brody of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that she did not have the...more

Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Arbitration Award Where Arbiter Failed To Make Required Disclosures

In a case involving a dispute between a not-for-profit corporation administering a self-insured group workers’ compensation fund and their investment advisor and broker-dealer, the Supreme Court of Alabama granted the fund’s...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Rhode Island Superior Court Decision Impacting Servicers

A Rhode Island superior court recently ruled that, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-27-3.2, foreclosing lenders are required to send mediation notices in any foreclosure initiated after the effective date (October 2014)...more

Tennessee Supremes Reject Per Se Unconscionability of Non-Mutual Arbitration Clauses

On June 5, the Tennessee Supreme Court rejected a per se rule of unconscionability for non-mutual arbitration clauses, holding them enforceable if not too-one-sided and commercially reasonable under the...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Challenge To Arbitration Award Based On “Manifest Disregard Of The Law” And Fraud

This case involved a FINRA arbitration held to resolve a dispute over money allegedly owed to Ameriprise Financial Services by a former financial adviser. The financial adviser appealed the district court’s confirmation of...more

Ninth Circuit Directs Court To Vacate Ruling That Disqualified Arbitrator In The Midst Of An Ongoing Arbitration

The dispute at issue in this case involved claims of fraud in the sale of condominium units asserted by unit purchasers against the condominium developer. Arbitration under the AAA was underway between the parties, when it...more

Spring Vacations: Which arguments are winning on appeals from arbitration so far in 2015?

Today I present a collection of recent state and federal appellate court decisions that vacate or un-vacate arbitration awards. The seven opinions below emphasize how difficult it is to prove that an arbitrator exceeded his...more

Should Court Approval Be Required to Engage in Mediation?

Alternate Dispute Resolution is an accepted alternative to litigation, consists primarily of arbitration and mediation. Arbitration involves the disputing parties presenting their arguments to a mutually agreed upon neutral...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Defendant Cannot Be Precluded From Asserting Its Arbitration Rights Against Future Class Members

The Eleventh Circuit recently held that a district court lacked jurisdiction to determine, pre-certification, that a defendant’s waiver of its right to compel named plaintiffs to arbitrate their claims precluded it from...more

Target and Card Issuers Dispute Use of MasterCard Settlement to Resolve Data Breach Claims

In the wake of Target’s April 15 announcement of a private $19 million settlement of the data breach claims of MasterCard-issuing banks, counsel representing the putative card issuer class in the consolidated Target data...more

6th Circuit Holds that Accountants Conducting Financial Arbitration Can Also Make Legal Determinations

A new case from the Sixth Circuit addresses whether accountants who are resolving a dispute about payments made under an agreement can also make legal determinations about the same agreement. In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth...more

Court Denies Summary Judgment Motions Despite An Express Agreement To Arbitrate

A New York federal district judge denied Plaintiffs McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP (“McKenna”) and Vincent W. Sedmak (“Sedmak”) motions for summary judgment which sought to stop an arbitration action from Ironshore Specialty...more

Arbitration Roundup

Emilio v. Sprint Spectrum L.P., Case No. 14-732-cv (2d Cir. Nov. 12, 2014) (affirming denial of motion to vacate award; district court did not err by finding that arbitrator did not exceed powers nor manifestly disregard law...more

CFPB Casts Doubt on Pre-dispute Consumer Arbitration Clauses

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a bureau of the Federal Trade Commission, released its Arbitration Study Report to Congress. The report suggests that pre-dispute arbitration clauses and...more

Appellate Court Confirms the Validity of Asymmetric Dispute Resolution Clauses

Dechert lawyers representing a major international bank in court proceedings in a number of regions in southern Russia with respect to claims to recover a total of about US$300 million in loan funds from the guarantors of a...more

Removal of Arbitrator for Impartiality Doubts under English Arb Act

In Sierra Fishing Company and others v Hasan Said Farran and others [2015] EWHC 140 (Comm), the English Court removed an arbitrator under section 24 of the Arbitration Act 1996. Under that provision, a party to an arbitration...more

CFPB Releases Final Study on Arbitration

On March 10, the CFPB announced the release of its final arbitration study, accompanied by a fact sheet, to coincide with its field hearing held in Newark, NJ. The study examined approximately 850 consumer financial...more

The CFPB’s Final Report on Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses

On March 10, 2015, the CFPB issued its long-awaited Arbitration Study analyzing the use of pre-dispute arbitration provisions in connection with consumer financial products or services. In the 728-page report, as well as...more

Illinois Federal Court Allows FCRA Lawsuit Against Credit Reporting Company to Move Forward

On February 5, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a credit reporting company’s motion to compel arbitration in a putative class action which alleged that the company sold credit scores to...more

CFPB Says Arbitration Agreements Limit Consumer Relief in Class Actions; New Regulations on the Horizon?

The Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion upheld an arbitration clause requiring arbitration of claims individually, thereby effectively preventing class actions. While the consumer finance industry...more

Beyond the Headlines Part II: What The New CFPB Report Teaches Us About Arbitration v. Litigation

In my last post, I shared some of the highlights from the first half of the new CFPB Arbitration Study.  This post covers the second half of the report, with juicy information gleaned from CFPB’s analysis of almost...more

CFPB Updates - March 2015

CFPB Report Claims Arbitration “Less Beneficial To Consumers” than Individual or Class Litigation, Foreshadows Attempt to Impose Restrictions in Future - On March 10, Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial...more

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