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Potential Limitations Placed on Unilateral Right to Modify Terms of Use

Contractual provisions giving a website operator the unilateral right to change its end user terms of service are ubiquitous and appear in the online terms of many major social media sites and other websites, including...more

The Contract Is King: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Two Recent FAA Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court addressed contract terms bearing on the availability of class arbitration in two opinions this term. The first, Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, confirms a district court’s limited power under the...more

Additional Price of a Judicial Reaction: Waiver of One's Contractual Right to Arbitration

In Volpe v. Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., No. 652308/2012, Judge Eileen Bransten denied plaintiff Ray Volpe’s (“Volpe”) motion to compel arbitration and granted defendant The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.’s...more

Illusoriness Gains In Popularity As An Arbitration Buster

You hear more about Lena Dunham than you expect, given the audience for “Girls”, right? (Read this article for more.) The same is true, or should be true, for the contract defense of illusoriness. After decades of disuse,...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013

RECENT CASE SUMMARIES - GOOD NEWS FOR ARBITRATORS FROM THE SUPREME COURT? Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, 133 S. Ct. 2064 (2013). In a non-reinsurance case, the United States Supreme Court recently...more

Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Favor Express Class Arbitration Waivers

Mandatory arbitration agreements are an important tool in managing litigation risk and cost. Oftentimes, however, the pressures of drafting an arbitration agreement palatable to all involved parties result in sparse...more

English High Court addresses separability of arbitration clauses

The English High Court in Beijing Jianlong Heavy Industry Group v Golden Ocean Group Limited & Ors1 recently addressed the issue of the separability of arbitration agreements and the circumstances in which public policy...more

In Oxford Health, Supreme Court Requires Class-Wide Arbitration of an Individual Claim

In its recent decision in Oxford Health Plans LLC. v. Sutter, 569 U.S. ____ (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that parties to an arbitration agreement still face the risk of class arbitration even if the agreement does...more

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Vacate Arbitrator’s Decision Allowing Class Arbitration

On June 10, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not permit a court to vacate an arbitrator’s decision to allow class arbitration where the parties authorized the arbitrator to decide the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Class Arbitration Ruling Where Parties Asked Arbitrator To Decide the Issue

In a rare unanimous decision on an arbitration issue, the Supreme Court upheld an arbitrator's ruling permitting the arbitration to proceed on a class-wide basis....more

Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter: You Get What You Bargain For, Including the “Good, Bad, or Ugly”

Ever have that feeling that your arbitrator just doesn’t understand you? You may be right, but there’s not much you can do about it. A recent unanimous ruling by the United States Supreme Court should encourage employers to...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Classwide Arbitration, Finding Arbitrator “Arguably” (Even if...

In Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, the United States Supreme Court affirmed an arbitral decision allowing the plaintiff to proceed with classwide arbitration even in the absence of express language to that effect in the...more

Supreme Court Holds That Courts Must Defer To Arbitrator’s Decision To Authorize Class Arbitration

On June 10, 2013, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held in Oxford Health Plans, LLC v. Sutter that an arbitrator’s decision to authorize class arbitration will not be disturbed under Section 10(a)(4) of the Federal...more

Supreme Court Decision Highlights the Danger of Allowing an Arbitrator to Decide Whether Parties Agreed to Class Arbitration

In Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, No. 12-135 (U.S. June 10, 2013), the Supreme Court unanimously held that where the parties to an arbitration agreement authorize the arbitrator to decide whether their agreement allows...more

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Upholds Arbitrator's Authority to Interpret Agreement to Permit Class Proceedings

“The arbitrator’s construction holds, however good, bad, or ugly.” This was the succinct message delivered on June 10, 2013, by a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, No. 12-135, which challenged...more

New Life for Class Arbitration, or Strategic Mistake in an Isolated Case?

The Supreme Court issued its decision today in the first of two arbitration-related class action cases on the 2012-13 docket. Today’s decision bucks what had been a trend in the Court’s decisions in recent years strongly...more

Oxford Health Plans v. Sutter - The Perils of Choosing an Arbitrator to Resolve Potential "Gateway Matters"

A unanimous Supreme Court held on Monday that when a party agrees that an arbitrator should decide if an agreement authorizes class arbitration, that party cannot later seek judicial intervention if it disagrees with the...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter - June 2013: Illinois Federal Court Dismisses Cedent’s Assignee’s Pre-answer Security Request...

Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC v. Banco De Seguros Del Estado, No. 12 6357, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15246; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28040 (N. D. Ill. Feb. 5 & 25, 2013). An Illinois federal court in two decisions...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter - June 2013: New Jersey Federal Court Stays Litigation in Favor of Arbitration of Offset...

New Jersey Physicians United Reciprocal Exchange v. ACE Underwriting Agencies, Ltd., No. 12-04397 (FLW/LHG), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52035 (D.N.J. Apr. 11, 2013). A New Jersey federal court stayed litigation brought by a...more

Li v. Standard Fiber, LLC, C.A. No. 8191-VCN (Del. Ch. Mar. 28, 2013) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery stayed an action for advancement of legal fees and expenses, ruling that provisions in four separate agreements, when viewed together, demonstrated the parties’...more

Texas District Court Deems Arbitration Agreement Enforceable

The US District Court for the Southern District of Texas recently held that a dispute between a group of employers and a former employee should be submitted to arbitration, finding that the arbitration agreement was valid and...more

Did We Sign Up for This? Court Compels Arbitration Based on Dispute Resolution Terms of Separate Contract

A Texas Court of Appeals has held that parties to a natural gas gathering contract are required to utilize arbitration—despite the absence of an arbitration provision in the contract—because the case cannot be decided without...more

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