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New Jersey Appellate Division Declines to Find Section 301 Pre-Emption of Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New Jersey Appellate Division reinstated plaintiff’s state law discrimination and retaliation claims, finding the claims were not pre-empted by Section 301 of the LMRA....more

California and Georgia disallow jury trial waivers

by DLA Piper on

Commercial lenders tend to perceive jury trials as disadvantageous when resolving conflicts between them and their borrowers. Alternative dispute resolution, such as binding arbitration, has proved to be an unsatisfactory...more

Arbitration Agreement Enforced on Behalf of Nonsignatory

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Court of Appeal has utilized theories of equitable estoppel and agency to hold that an employee must arbitrate claims he asserted against an alleged joint employer, even though that defendant...more

Commercial Division Partially Vacates ICC Arbitration Award in Artificial Sweetener Dispute

Justice Charles Ramos of the New York Commercial Division partially vacated an International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) arbitration award in a major legal battle between artificial sweetener giants NutraSweet and Daesang. ...more

Court Declines To Vacate Arbitral Decision In Face Of Seven Challenges Made By Pro Se Plaintiff

by Carlton Fields on

Last month the Southern District of New York granted DCH Auto Group’s motion to confirm a favorable arbitral decision dismissing a pro se plaintiff’s arbitration with prejudice, over a host of different challenges seeking...more

State Supreme Courts Continue to Try to Chip Away at FAA Preemption; The United States Supreme Court Is Not Amused

The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq., does not contain an express preemption provision, nor was it intended to be the exclusive codified arbitration law in all circumstances. However, the United States...more

Michigan Supreme Court Holds That an Insurer’s Untimely Payment of Underinsured Motorist Benefits is Subject To Penalty Interest...

by Dickinson Wright on

The Michigan Uniform Trade Practices Act (UTPA) provides for 12% penalty interest on certain no-fault insurance claims that are not timely paid by the insurer. For “third party tort claimants,” penalty interest only applies...more

Court Rejects Claim That Arbitrator’s Ruling Was In Manifest Disregard Of The Law

by Carlton Fields on

A court has granted a petition to confirm an arbitration award despite the defendant’s argument that the arbitrator acted in manifest disregard of the law. While acknowledging questions regarding the continuing viability of...more

The Neutral Corner: Using Forensic Neutrals in Trade Secret Disputes

by JAMS on

The dirty secret of trade secret disputes is that even if you win, it can be difficult to get back to where you started. It’s like closing the stable door after the horses have run off with trade secret disputes. A court or...more

Third Circuit Permits Limited Discovery On Issue Of Validity Of Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

In an unpublished opinion, the Third Circuit affirmed a decision denying a defendant bank’s motion to dismiss a consumer complaint in favor of arbitration when the contract containing the arbitration clause was not referenced...more

U.S. Supreme Court Says: We Mean It--You Can’t Single Out Arbitration Agreements for Disfavored Treatment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Monday, May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its latest reminder to state and lower federal courts that they must treat arbitration agreements as equally valid as all other contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers Limited...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Independent Contractor Trucker Dodges FAA Arbitration and Keeps His Class Action Alive

by BakerHostetler on

In Oliveira v. New Prime, Inc., No. 15-2364 (May 12, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit confronted two arbitration-related questions of first impression in that Circuit. In the case, Dominic Oliveira had...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #3

FTC Emphasizes Disclosures in Letters to Influencers, Marketers - Influencers and marketers must clearly disclose their relationships, the Federal Trade Commission reiterated in more than 90 letters sent by the agency...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

Latest Ransomware Attack: Is Your Arbitration Cyber-ready?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The latest global ‘WannaCry’ attack has again brought to the fore the need for sovereign and private parties to have in place adequate cyber-security measures and response plans to deal with cyber-attacks, including in the...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

New Expedited Procedure Automatically Applies to ICC Arbitration Agreements

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has amended the ICC Rules of Arbitration to put in place an expedited procedure that automatically applies to all arbitration agreements concluded after 1 March 2017 where the...more

Arbitrator’s Pre-Iskanian Decision That Paga Claim Must Proceed On An Individual Basis Was Not A “Manifest Disregard Of The Law”

by Carlton Fields on

A refinery operator (“Wulfe”), sued his former employer alleging several employment related claims, including a claim under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The court compelled arbitration, and the...more

Settlement (Civil Litigation) Q&A: United Arab Emirates

by K&L Gates LLP on

United Arab Emirates – specific information on all aspects of settling a dispute by negotiation, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including the statutory obligations to attempt settlement, form...more

Automatic opt-in expires under Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance

by Hogan Lovells on

The automatic opt-in applicable to domestic arbitration provisions under the Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609) is set to expire on 1 June 2017. ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms FAA Preemption Over Discriminatory State Laws

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Emphasizing that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that "single out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment," the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Kentucky Supreme Court's refusal to enforce...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – April 2017

by King & Spalding on

Building a Favorable Project Record During Construction Disputes - The value and importance of the written record in a dispute arising from a major construction project cannot be overstated. Even when project personnel are...more

Supreme Court Applies FAA Preemption to Contract Formation

The Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state law governing contract formation where a state rule discriminates against arbitration, a holding with broad implications for state-court decisions that...more

Supreme Court Reinforces the Primacy of the Federal Arbitration Act, Even Over a “Divine God-Given Right”

by Benesch on

Kentucky law speaks of the right to jury trial in theological terms. The Kentucky Constitution provides that “[t]he ancient mode of trial by jury shall be held sacred, and the right thereof remain inviolate, subject to such...more

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