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Summary of Revised AAA Construction Industry Rules Effective July 1, 2015

The American Arbitration Association recently revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures. The revised Rules, which became effective on July 1, "further align the AAA Construction Rules with...more

Summary of Revised AAA Construction Industry Rules Effective July 1, 2015

The American Arbitration Association recently revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures. The revised Rules, which became effective on July 1, "further align the AAA Construction Rules with...more

AAA Revises Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures (Rules), effective July 1, 2015. Although some changes are relatively modest, others expand the...more

Significant Changes to AAA's Construction Arbitration Rules Effective July 1, 2015

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) recently issued several significant revisions to its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules, which became effective July 1, 2015. The revised rules apply to construction arbitration...more

New American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Arbitration Rules in Effect July 1

The American Arbitration Association has issued revised Construction Industry Rules and Mediation Procedures, which are intended to provide “a more streamlined, cost-effective and tightly managed process.” ...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

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

The Emergency Arbitrator: Doubling as an Effective Option for Urgent Relief and an Early Settlement Tool

Last month, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Young & International, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Young Arbitrators Forum and the Portuguese Arbitration Association (APA) sub-40 co-hosted a...more

You Can Always Get What You Want, or At Least What You Contract For – Fifth Circuit Affirms Vacation of Arbitration Award

On April 7, 2015, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the Southern District of Texas’ decision to vacate an arbitration award rendered in a dispute involving two separate contracts – one which was to be governed by the Commercial...more

Stop, Think, and Be Careful What You Ask For: Lessons and Opportunities Created by Recent Arbitration Ruling

On April 21, 2015, the Missouri Court of Appeals in City of Chesterfield v. Frederich Construction Inc. upheld an arbitration award that included substantial attorneys' fees to the prevailing party, in a construction case...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Vacatur Of Arbitration Award Where Arbitrator Failed To Follow Provisions Governing Selection Of Arbitrator...

Organizational Strategies Inc. (OSI) had entered into an agreement with Capstone Associated Services Ltd. for the latter to form three captive insurance companies for OSI. Included in the contract was an arbitration clause...more

5th Circuit Vacates Arbitration Award Conducted By Wrong Arbitrator Under Wrong Rules

Let’s say your arbitration agreement calls for arbitration administered by JAMS under JAMS rules, but the arbitrator is independent and applies AAA rules, over one party’s objection.  A new decision from the Fifth Circuit...more

Managing Your Class-Action Risk Through Arbitration Agreements

More companies are now using arbitration agreements to manage class-action risk. Several recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have made it possible for companies to use arbitration to resolve disputes while managing...more

Beyond the Headlines Part I: What The New CFPB Report Teaches Us About Arbitration Clauses

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released an “Arbitration Study” exceeding 700 pages to Congress this week.  You have likely heard the headlines – most commentators assume that the CFPB will use the study to support...more

Recovery of Attorneys' Fees in Arbitration: A Trap For the Unwary

The so-called “American Rule” generally requires each party to a lawsuit to bear its own costs and attorneys’ fees in the absence of a statute or contract to the contrary. Likewise, there is no inherent power or implied...more

Arbitration Clauses Referencing American Arbitration Association Require Wording Preapproval and Fees Paid

Many dealer Buyer’s Orders and RISCs contain a provision indicating any customer dispute will be subject to arbitration. The thought behind including this disputed arbitration wording revolves around the belief that it is...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2014

New Laws Affecting California Employers - The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Finds AAA Rules Give Arbitrator Power To Issue Sanctions Over $600 Million

The Minnesota Supreme Court today unanimously confirmed an arbitration award of over $600 million in punitive sanctions. Seagate Technology, LLC v. Western Digital Corp., (Minn. Oct. 8, 2014). Although the appellant argued...more

Mediation: The Conflict Resolution of Choice for Many Business Disputes

Chances are that your company, at some point, has entered into a contract that contains a provision requiring that the parties engage in a form of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) either in lieu of, or prior to,...more

American Arbitration Association Panel Distinguishes Third Circuit’s Holding in Opalinski

The intersection of class actions and arbitration continues to raise issues for parties to consider in evaluating whether arbitration clauses do or do not permit class actions in arbitration. One such issue involves who gets...more

New AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules Effective September 1

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) launched new Consumer Arbitration Rules that became effective on September 1. The new Consumer Arbitration Rules, comprised of 55 rules, replace the eight rules in the...more

Too Late to Compel Arbitration? Think Again!

In recent years, more and more employers are considering requiring employees to bring any claims arising out of the employment relationship in a private forum such as an arbitration. The American Arbitration Association...more

New AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules Go Into Effect September 1

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has released a set of stand-alone rules that apply to arbitrations involving consumer disputes. The rules go into effect September 1, 2014. To date, the AAA has been administering...more

AAA Changes the Rules of the Game: Why AAA Arbitration May Be Worth the Cost

According to the American Arbitration Association, "[a]rbitration is a time-tested, cost-effective alternative to litigation . . . . [and] AAA arbitrators possess years of industry-specific knowledge and experience." Most...more

Arbitration Award Vacated Because Arbitrators Were Impartial

Although we usually expect arbitrators to be impartial, the Supreme Court of Texas vacated an arbitration award because the chosen arbitrators were too impartial. Americo Life, Inc. v. Myer, __S.W.3d__, 2014 WL 2789429 (Tex....more

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