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Financial Services Report, Winter 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE - Hope you survived all of those awkward Thanksgiving holiday conversations— amazing how divided people are on whether the court got it right in the PHH case, isn’t it? So on we go into the holiday season,...more

ICC Announces New Expedited Rules for Smaller International Arbitrations

On Nov. 4, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) announced that its Rules of Arbitration would be amended as of March 2017 to implement a new Expedited Rules procedure for...more

Arbitrator finds employer violated OHSA workplace-violence obligations

A labour arbitrator has found that a mental health organization violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act when it failed to take certain workplace-violence precautions. The organization provided services to...more

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Here’s an interesting take on the future of the labor market (especially for an emerging generation that is better with a screen than eye contact)—because robots and AI will be able to take over anything that’s routine,...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

Federal Court Enjoins CMS Regulation Banning Arbitration of Nursing Home Disputes

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi issued a preliminary injunction barring the scheduled November 28, 2016, implementation of a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”)...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

Dispute Resolution Provision, in AIA 201-1997 General Conditions, Narrowly Construed by Trial Court

A federal trial court in New Jersey narrowly interpreted the AIA general conditions (Form A201-1997) relating to dispute resolution. Specifically, the court in Blackman Co. v. GE Bus. Fin. Servs., U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87904 (July...more

Singapore Legal Update - November/December 2016

Companies Act to Allow Re-domiciliation Into Singapore - On 26 October 2016, the MOF and the ACRA proposed to amend the Companies Act to allow for inward re-domiciliation of companies. This will allow a foreign company...more

International News: Focus on International Dispute Resolution

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime - In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation...more

Arbitration Clause In Body Of Reinsurance Agreement Governs Over Provision In Endorsement

In a dispute between First Mutual, a ceding company, and its reinsurer, Infrassure, over which of two competing arbitration clauses in a reinsurance contract governed, the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court decision in...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

Louisiana Supreme Court Bounces Out on Arbitration Clause

A recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision over the enforceability of an arbitration clause has the justices battling it out. Against well-established precedent favoring arbitration clauses, the court recently found that a...more

Federal Court in Missouri Holds At-Will Employment Is Not Consideration for Noncompete

The end of the year is an opportune time for employers to make sure their noncompete and arbitration agreements are still valid. A recent Missouri federal court decision underscores how difficult it can be to enforce those...more

Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements? Not as 'Fresh & Easy' as You Think

Many companies require their employees to sign employment agreements in which the employees agree that any claims they have against the company, including class action claims, will be decided only through private arbitration...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – November 2016

Negotiating An In-Project Construction Dispute - Introduction - Many thorny and competing interests are implicated when an ongoing major construction project experiences an unanticipated event that impacts the...more

Arbitration Risks: Why Arbitration is Not Necessarily Better, Faster, or Cheaper Than Litigation

There is a widespread belief that arbitration is unequivocally a better, faster, and cheaper alternative to litigation. According to some advocates, the advantages of arbitration include (1) saving money by streamlining...more

Admission of QC to Singapore Courts Permitted Only When Necessary

The Singapore High Court has issued another decision concerning the ad hoc admission of foreign counsel, underscoring that the current admissions regime should be viewed through the prism of “need.”...more

The Use of Experts in International Arbitration: Selection of an Expert Witness

In international arbitrations, litigators from the U.S. often find a bit of the familiar mixed in with equal or greater bits of the unfamiliar. (Whether they acknowledge or treat the latter as such, alas, varies by...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

Brexit – the end of Pan European Patent Dispute Resolution?

For more than 40 years, resolving European cross-border disputes about patents in one proceeding has been a dream. The solution, by way of a new European Unified Patents Court (UPC), was until the summer of 2016 within...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

Will the CFPB issue a final arbitration rule before Jan. 20?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the CFPB is pushing to finalize its arbitration rule before Donald Trump’s inauguration as President on January 20.  The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August...more

Long-Term Care Facilities: Recent Developments on Use of Arbitration Agreements

Three cases making their way through the courts demonstrate that the question of arbitration clauses in long-term care (LTC) facility admission agreements is an active and developing area of the law....more

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