Arbitration Agreements

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Another One Bites The Dust: Missouri Court Refuses to Enforce Arbitration Agreement Due to Unilateral and Retroactive Modification...

Arbitration agreements have been a roller coaster for Missouri employers. Recently, in State ex rel. Hewitt v. Kerr, the Missouri Supreme Court enforced such an agreement, sending an employee’s discrimination lawsuit to...more

Appealing an International Arbitration Award: Drafting the International Arbitration Clause, Part 4 of 4

It is generally accepted that an international arbitration award is final and binding. Unlike a court judgment that can be appealed for factual and legal review, an arbitration award typically can only be challenged based on...more

Delaware Supreme Court Adopts Rules to Streamline Arbitrations Under the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act

The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (“DRAA”), effective May 2, 2015, creates a streamlined arbitration process resulting in swift, confidential, and cost-effective resolutions of business disputes. This arbitration process...more

Arbitrator Selection in Multiparty Disputes

Many people believe that appointing an arbitrator is the most critical decision during an arbitration. In the “typical” two-party arbitration, this objective is easily met either by choosing rules that provide for direct...more

State Courts Disagree About Incorporating Arbitration Agreements By Reference (Post #200!)

One way to challenge the very existence of an agreement to arbitrate is to say that the parties’ contract said nothing about arbitration and did not validly incorporate any other document calling for arbitration. Oklahoma...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

Beware! Long Term Care Class Actions are Coming

Long term care providers beware, class action suits are coming. Due to allegations of chronic understaffing, long term care providers are beginning to face massive class action lawsuits nationwide. The trend began in 2010,...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

Should You Cut The Delegation Clause From Your Arbitration Agreement?

A recent report showed that less than half of arbitration agreements in the consumer financial arena include delegation clauses in their arbitration agreements. Two recent decisions from state high courts suggest that is a...more

Arbitration Programs and Enforcement: Top 10 Checklist

(...) Saving Money – The Proof is in the Empirical Data - A recent national study concluded that arbitration awards are approximately 35% lower than recoveries in the court systems. Moreover, attorney’s fees for defending...more

Court Order Trumps Board

What happens when the NLRB says an arbitration agreement is illegal, but a court enforces the agreement anyway? Four plaintiffs recently found out. In Hobson et al. v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., No. CV-10-S-1486-S (N. D. Ala. July...more

NLRB Finds Mandatory Arbitration Clause Unenforceable

An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) found in favor of Talina Torres (“Torres”) against Employers Resource (“Employers”) after determining that an arbitration clause within an...more

Making US Arbitration Work for Irish and NI Companies (Really!)

Foreign investors increasingly complain that US arbitration is morphing in to a process closer to full-blown litigation. I’ve always found it interesting that ‘full-blown’ is used to describe ‘all-in’ litigation and ‘all-in’...more

Pennsylvania Court Rules That Arbitrators Should Decide Whether An Arbitration Agreement Has Been Revoked

By strictly construing a court’s role to the questions of whether a valid agreement exists and whether a dispute falls within the terms of an arbitration agreement, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s decision makes clear...more

“Don’t Mess with Texas” (Choice of Law Provisions)

Many companies doing business in California have implemented arbitration agreements for resolving disputes with their employees. Companies headquartered in states other than California often prefer to use the law of their own...more

Maryland High Court: Mandatory Arbitration Hinges on “Entire Agreement,” Not “Single-Document Rule”

A mandatory arbitration provision is enforceable even when not contained within the four corners of a retail installment sales contract between a consumer and an automobile dealer, Maryland's highest court has ruled....more

Arbitration Agreements And Foreign Laws That Do Not Give Effect To Mandatory Principles Of EU Law

The decision in Accentuate Ltd v ASIGRA Inc (Accentuate) relates to the alleged wrongful termination by the defendant (licensor) of an agreement with the claimant (distributor) for the distribution of software products (the...more

Arbitration Agreements And Foreign Laws That Do Not Give Effect To Mandatory Principles Of EU Law

The decision in Accentuate Ltd v ASIGRA Inc (Accentuate) relates to the alleged wrongful termination by the defendant (licensor) of an agreement with the claimant (distributor) for the distribution of software products (the...more

Arbitration Agreements And Foreign Laws That Do Not Give Effect To Mandatory Principles Of EU Law

The decision in Accentuate Ltd v ASIGRA Inc (Accentuate) relates to the alleged wrongful termination by the defendant (licensor) of an agreement with the claimant (distributor) for the distribution of software products (the...more

Arbitration Agreements And Foreign Laws That Do Not Give Effect To Mandatory Principles Of EU Law

The decision in Accentuate Ltd v ASIGRA Inc (Accentuate) relates to the alleged wrongful termination by the defendant (licensor) of an agreement with the claimant (distributor) for the distribution of software products (the...more

Third Party Bound By Arbitration Agreement Which It Never Signed

In the context of a right of direct action by an injured party (Spain and France) against a D&I insurer, in The London Steamship Owners' Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v The Kingdom of Spain & anr [2015] EWCA Civ 333, 1...more

Third Party Bound By Arbitration Agreement Which It Never Signed

In the context of a right of direct action by an injured party (Spain and France) against a D&I insurer, in The London Steamship Owners' Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v The Kingdom of Spain & anr [2015] EWCA Civ 333, 1...more

Fifth Circuit Weighs In On Arbitrability Of Issues That Could Have Been Decided By The Court

In the recent unpublished opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit confirmed that if an issue is voluntarily submitted to an arbitrator, then the arbitrator can decide the issue, even if it is one...more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Arbitration Agreement In Absence Of Actual Proof Of Unconscionability Due To Cost

The Eighth Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri which rejected the contention that an arbitration agreement was unconscionable, and unenforceable under the Federal...more

Court varies order recognising South Korean insolvency proceedings to allow pursuance of claims in London arbitration

Re Pan Ocean Co Ltd [2015] EWHC 1500 (Ch) - The Applicants had entered into a pool agreement and time charter with Pan Ocean, both of which were governed by English law and provided for London arbitration. The agreements...more

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