Arbitration Awards

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Ninth Circuit Affirms California District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award

In this matter, a California district court confirmed an arbitration award in favor of D.A.R.E. America, and denied a motion to vacate the arbitration award by D.A.R.E. New Jersey, Inc. D.A.R.E. New Jersey, Inc. appealed to...more

The Appeal in Teal: Challenging Commercial Arbitration Awards in Canada

How final is a final award in a commercial arbitration? The scope of appeal rights against commercial arbitration awards is again before the Supreme Court of Canada. Will this be the last word on the subject?...more

First Circuit Affirms District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award Under The “Look-Through” Test

The background of this matter could be found here. In sum, Plaintiffs Dr. Luis Ortiz-Espinosa and his wife Maritza Soto-Garcia, the conjugal partnership they formed, Espinosa-Soto, and Luis Ortiz-Espinosa, as trustee of...more

The DIFC Court as a "conduit jurisdiction" - new development

The power of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court to act as a so-called "conduit" jurisdiction for the enforcement of arbitral awards rendered in mainland Dubai (Onshore Dubai) has been severely restricted by...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Law on Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards under the New York Convention

On January 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Second Circuit) issued its decision in CBF Indústría de Gusa S/A v. AMCI Holdings, Inc., a case considering important questions on the...more

Petition To Vacate Arbitration Award Served By Email Did Not Constitute Service Under FED. R. CIV. P. 5

The Second Circuit has affirmed a decision finding email insufficient for service, absent consent to such method. In the underlying district court, the Petitioner emailed a copy of his petition to one of Respondent, Deutsche...more

Arbitrator’s Decision On Availability Of Collective And Class Arbitration Withstands Procedural And Substantive Challenges

A Colorado federal court recently denied DISH Network (“DISH”)’s petition to vacate an arbitration award that decided an arbitration agreement with former employee Ray permitted collective or class certification. The...more

DIFC Courts: Still a conduit jurisdiction?

A recent decision by the Judicial Tribunal casts doubt on the DIFC Courts' ability to act as a conduit jurisdiction. A summary of that decision is set out in this article....more

"PEMEX and US Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards Nullified in Their 'Home' Courts"

One of the benefits of using arbitration to resolve international disputes is the availability of worldwide mechanisms to enforce an arbitral award. For example, the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement...more

Oil and Gas Arbitration – Did the Parties Get What They Bargained For?

First, a promise: I won’t report on another arbitration case until there is more to say than “business as usual”. Second, an opinion: Arbitration is still the right forum in many situations. Third, remember: An award and a...more

The DIFC Courts - a conduit jurisdiction no more

As we predicted in our Annual Seminar on Recent Developments in the UAE Dispute Resolution Landscape, back in November 2016, the use of the DIFC Courts as a "conduit jurisdiction" has been called into question....more

Stars Align As Second Circuit Limits Orion

The Second Circuit recently reversed and remanded for further proceedings a S.D.N.Y decision dismissing claims asserted by POLSINELLI clients CBF Indústria de Gusa S/A, Da Terra Siderúrgica LTDA and several other Brazilian...more

Court Applies The “Look Through” Approach To FAA Section 10 Petitions In Determining Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Plaintiffs, members of the Harman family, sold their family farm and sought investment advice from defendant Wilson-Davis. The Harmans claimed they were damaged after making certain investments due to forged financial...more

Arbitration Enforcement? The Potential Expansion of Debt Collection

There’s a storm brewing in the Southern District of Florida, and plaintiffs’ attorneys are hoping it rains. Last week, a federal magistrate judge issued an order for the parties to submit supplemental authority on the...more

Retired Teacher Awarded Post-Retirement Benefits For Same-Sex Spouse

In Re: Souderton Area Education Association and Souderton Area School District, Arbitration Award of August 7, 2016 (Arbitrator Joan Parker). Under Pennsylvania law a teacher was not able to legally marry her same-sex spouse...more

Kazakhstan Ordered to Pay $506 Million for Crude Expropriation of Oil and Gas Investments

In a case that highlights both that governments are not above the rule of law and that it is difficult to swiftly enforce arbitral awards, a Swedish appeals court, on December 12, 2016, upheld a $506 million award against...more

Court Finds That Enron’s Fraud Does Not Void Contract Entered Into With Enron Subsidiary

A federal appellate court has upheld a district court order enforcing an arbitration award by the ICC against the Republic of Nigeria in favor of Enron Nigeria Power Holdings, Ltd. (“ENPH”), a former subsidiary of Enron...more

Eleventh Circuit Resolves Jurisdictional Issues Regarding The Confirmation Of An Arbitration Award

The Eleventh Circuit recently held that a district court retained jurisdiction over a motion to confirm an arbitral award, even though the plaintiff had voluntarily dismissed its claims while the motion to confirm was...more

Court Holds Alleged Industry Bias Among Arbitrators Insufficient To Vacate Award

The case concerned two purchase orders whereby defendant BJB LLC dba Agri Trading (Agri Trading) agreed to purchase corn oil from plaintiff Hardy Industrial Technologies, Inc. (Hardy). A dispute arose and was submitted for...more

“Do-Over” Arbitrations—Appeals Without Appellate Rules?

Are the commonly accepted features of arbitration—speed and finality—being watered down by rules permitting a second arbitration that expose parties to delays and significantly increased expenses? In a recently published...more

Court Finds Arbitration Award That Included Attorneys’ Fees Was Not A Manifest Disregard Of The Law

The court confirmed an arbitration award entered in favor of Astanza Design, LLC against Giemme Stile, S.p.A. and Giemme USA, LLC (Giemme) in which the arbitrator awarded both damages and attorneys’ fees to Astanza in a...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Lease Damages Cap Does Not Apply to Damages Independent of Termination

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Court”) issued an opinion, holding that the statutory cap on a landlord’s damages claim in a bankruptcy case applies only to claims resulting...more

2016 in Arbitration Law: Fleeting Victories for Consumer Advocates?

If I had drafted this annual summary post on November 7, 2016, it would have looked different. At that point, the year had produced numerous (final or proposed) federal regulations that significantly restricted the use of...more

Ninth Circuit Applies New York Law In Determining Assignment Of Rights To Arbitration Proceeds Was Not A Material Breach Of...

Finding the alleged breach of an anti-assignment provision in a Settlement Agreement was not material, the Ninth Circuit held that the FAA did not provide grounds for vacatur of an arbitration award. In so holding, the Court...more

The Lagarde Prosecution: A Blow to Finality in Investor-State Arbitration?

On December 19, 2016, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde was convicted of criminal negligence for failing, as French finance minister, to appeal an adverse arbitration award against a French...more

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