Arbitration Arbitration Awards

Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties... more +
Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties to arbitration agree in advance to be bound by the arbitrator's decision. Arbitration is an alternative to litigation, but it shares many of the familiar features of litigation. Namely, parties to arbitration hold hearings before neutral decision-makers, present evidence and argue the merits of their position. Parties often choose arbitration due to its perceived advantages over litigation. Those perceived advantages include greater efficiency and flexibility, and lower costs. less -
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Unvacating Arbitration Awards: Quarterbacks and Car Accidents

The Second Circuit reminded us yesterday that judicial review of arbitration awards is “among the most deferential in the law.” And when district courts are not sufficiently deferential, their decisions are likely to be...more

Deflategate for Labor Lawyers Revisited: 2nd Circuit Reinstates Brady Suspension and Reaffirms Judicial Deference to Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reinstated the four game suspension imposed by the NFL on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in the infamous “Deflategate” scandal. This...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Federal Jurisdiction Over $10,000 Arbitration Award

The Fifth Circuit recently addressed a hard question: what should the court consider when determining the amount in controversy for purposes of federal jurisdiction over an arbitration award? The court decided to rely on the...more

Federal Courts Lack Jurisdiction Over Enforcement Of Foreign Judgments, Even Where Judgment Is Inconsistent With Earlier...

Plaintiff Albaniabeg, power plant operator, sought enforcement of an Albanian judgment in a New York state court against defendant Italian power companies. Section 205 of the FAA permits removal of an action that relates to...more

Annulment of award possible if based on invalid terms of reference or an arbitration agreement which has expired by time...

It is possible to request annulment of arbitration award if it was based on invalid terms of reference or an agreement which has expired by time prescription as per article 216/A of the civil procedure law....more

Agreements to Arbitrate Are Simple, Right?

The construction industry has been a leader in the use of arbitration to resolve disputes. In the past 30 years, it is fair to say that arbitration has outpaced litigation as the dominant method of dispute resolution. The...more

New York Federal Court Addresses Umpire’s “Pre-Selection” Disclosure Obligations In Reinsurance Dispute

In a dispute arising out of a series of contentious reinsurance arbitrations over a seven-year period between National Indemnity Company (“NICO”) and IRB Brasil Ressegurous S.A., the court confirmed three awards issued by an...more

UK Court Addresses Arbitrator’s Purported Conflict Of Interest

A dispute arose over a project in Iraq between a British Virgin Island claimant and a Malaysian defendant with a sole Canadian QC arbitrator. The claimant’s challenge of the arbitrator’s award was based upon bias because of...more

Second Circuit Affirms The Confirmation Of An Arbitration Award, Finding No Manifest Disregard Of The Law

The appellant argued that the arbitrator failed to weigh evidence properly when it made a finding of fact with respect to the passing of title. The Second Circuit rejected this as a basis of overturning an award based...more

Court Punts Decision On How A Previous Arbitration Award Affects A Current Dispute To Arbitrator

A Wisconsin federal district court determined, pursuant to the parties’ arbitration clause, it is the job of an arbitrator, not the court, to decide whether a present billing issue was resolved in a prior arbitration. The...more

Construction Law Advisory - March 2016

The use of drones on construction projects is increasing rapidly, as the construction industry realizes their many beneficial uses, including: collecting and analyzing aerial imagery; surveying; digitizing geographic terrain;...more

Mississippi Federal Court Decision Shows Degree Of Burden To Challenge Arbitration Award

A decision of a Mississippi federal district court illustrates the weighty burden that a party must carry in order to vacate an arbitration award. The dispute was over an executive terminated from a company and whether his...more

Business Litigation Reporter - February 2016

Confidentiality Agreement Must be Expressly Preserved in New Employment Agreement. The decision in Meschino v. Frazier Industrial Co., 2015 WL 7295463, at *1 (D. Mass. Nov. 18, 2015) (Stearns, J.), underscores that an...more

Review Of Arbitration Awards: Lessons for the Construction Industry from the Tom Brady Case

NFL Mgmt. Council v. NFL Players Ass’n, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117662 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 3, 2015) - “Arbitration has been proven to be an effective way to resolve disputes fairly, privately, promptly and economically.” So...more

Court Denies Motion To Vacate Arbitration Award, Finding Arbitration Appeals Process Was Valid, And That Panels’ Rulings Did Not...

Plaintiffs used a hay treatment product manufactured and sold by Cargill, Inc. A dispute arose between them concerning whether Cargill’s product caused serious injury to one of the plaintiffs. After protracted litigation...more

Second Circuit Reverses Award Of Attorneys’ Fees For Confirmation Of Arbitral Award

The Second Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision granting attorneys’ fees for the cost of confirming an arbitration award. The dispute arose out of a shipping contract for overseas shipping of acrylonitrile, and the...more

Third Circuit Finds That Alleged Legal Errors Do Not Justify Vacatur Of Arbitration Award

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently confirmed an arbitration award in a dispute concerning the ownership of certain music rights, rejecting the argument that alleged legal errors constituted...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Favor Of Philadelphia Union Soccer Team In Wrongful Termination Suit With...

A Pennsylvania federal court recently confirmed an arbitrator’s decision in a wrongful termination suit which held in favor of the Philadelphia Union soccer team, finding it did not violate former head coach Piotr Nowak’s...more

Appeal Puts Faith to the Test: Court Grants Appeal from Arbitral Award on Scope of Contractual Duty of Honest Performance

The British Columbia Supreme Court has recently granted leave to appeal from an arbitrator’s award that applied a broad notion of the doctrine of good faith in the performance of a contract. As the court noted, the issues...more

Second Circuit Refuses To Vacate FINRA Award As A Manifest Disregard Of The Law

Raymond James had initiated a FINRA arbitration because Singh, a financial advisor who was a registered representative of Raymond James, had refused to indemnify Raymond James pursuant to the terms of their agreement....more

"Challenging the Selection of Party-Appointed Arbitrators"

As arbitration continues to be widely utilized in international commerce, the issue of how arbitrators should handle conflict checks, and who is suitable for appointment as arbitrator in complex cases, will remain a vital...more

Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) – Is It Right For You?

Parties to a legal dispute often bemoan the costs. The expense of hiring a lawyer, the business disruption caused by management’s focus on the legal problem at hand, the time away from work spent by employees who have to...more

"Key Takeaways: Back to Basics - A Primer on the Differences Between Litigating and Arbitrating International Disputes"

Large, transnational corporations increasingly face the question of whether to litigate their disputes in local courts or to include in their agreements provisions providing for the resolution of disputes by alternative means...more

Eleventh Circuit Concludes It Lacks Jurisdiction Over Appeal Of Order Compelling Arbitration But Confirms Order Confirming...

This appeal is from two orders by a district court in Alabama. The first order in June 2012 compelled arbitration of a dispute between the parties, the Union and Wise Alloys. The second order in December 2014 enforced the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Arbitration Timelines

This decision explains the timelines for seeking to vacate an arbitration award. It illustrates that an arbitration proceeding has its own rules that the parties better understand or lose their rights....more

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