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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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Q&A on SCOTUS and Arbitration

Q: Why has the Supreme Court of the United States taken more cases involving disputes over arbitration over the past decade or so and what does it mean for the insurance and reinsurance industry? Arbitration law used to...more

Non-Party Document Discovery in Arbitration: Does It Exist?

Limited discovery (and the associated cost savings) is often touted as one of the benefits of arbitration over traditional litigation. Parties are generally confident that even the scaled-back discovery devices available in...more

Texas Supreme Court Holds Texas Arbitration Act’s Enumerated Vacatur Grounds Are Exclusive

The U.S. Supreme Court in Hall Street Associates, L.L.C. v. Mattel, Inc. held that Sections 10 and 11 of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) provide the exclusive regimes for review of arbitration awards and that these regimes...more

Fishermen Avoid Being Caught In Arbitration’s Net

What are the defining characteristics of an arbitration agreement? The dissent in a new 9th Circuit case took on that vexing issue, while the majority sidestepped it altogether while refusing to compel arbitration....more

Fourth Circuit Considers Whether Arbitration Agreement Was Binding Where Parties Modified Contract Through Conduct

In early April, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether an arbitration agreement was “a written provision” for purposes of the Federal Arbitration Act where the parties modified the contract through their...more

CFPB Targets Mandatory Arbitration Clauses to Protect Consumer Class Actions

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a proposed rule to prohibit providers of certain consumer financial products and services from using arbitration clauses to block consumers from filing...more

Federal Courts Compels Arbitration Of Captive Insurance Dispute

Plaintiffs Capstone Associated Services, Ltd. And Capstone Associated Services (Wyoming), Limited Partnership (collectively, “Capstone”) brought suit against various defendants concerning the use of and rights to certain...more

CFPB Proposes New Class Action Arbitration Rule: Possible Challenges and Practical Impacts

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) yesterday issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, among other things, would prohibit the use of class action waivers in arbitration clauses in connection with a broad...more

CFPB issues proposed rule to prohibit class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements

As widely anticipated, the CFPB announced at its field hearing today in Albuquerque, New Mexico that it is proposing regulations that would prohibit covered providers of certain consumer financial products and services from...more

CFPB Publishes Proposed Rule Banning Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Consumer Class Actions

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) published a proposed rule which would prohibit application of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to class litigation involving a broad range of consumer...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Regulations To Prohibit Class Action Waivers in Consumer Arbitration Agreements

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced at a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that it is proposing regulations that would prohibit covered providers of certain consumer financial products...more

When a State Franchise Law Imposes an Obligation That Federal Law Preempts: What Dickey's Means for Franchisors

Have you ever been required by a state franchise regulator to include in your franchise agreement or disclosure document a provision that you believe he or she does not have the legal right to require? This issue often...more

Court Confirms Arbitration Award Relating To Three Arbitration Agreements And Orders Certain Documents Unsealed

The court confirmed a final arbitration award in favor of the Petitioner, Employers Insurance Company of Wausau (“Wausau”), pursuant to Section 9 of the Federal Arbitration Action (FAA). Wausau and Ace Property and Casualty...more

Ninth Circuit Adopts California Rule Voiding Arbitration Provisions Barring Certain Representative Claims

In recent decisions, both the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court have held that arbitration clauses barring employees from pursuing class actions in arbitration are unenforceable with...more

Federal Court Remands Albanian Power Company’s Suit

In March, a New York federal court remanded an Albanian power company’s suit seeking enforcement of an Albanian court’s judgment. In Albaniabeg Ambient Sh.p.k. v. Enel S.P.A., the federal court reasoned that, although the...more

Sign O’ The Times: SCOTUS Denies Cert In Franchise Arbitration Dispute

On Monday of this week, after stringing the parties along for five months, SCOTUS denied cert in a case involving the intersection between arbitration and franchise regulation. The petition was filed in November of 2015,...more

Untangling the Webb of Arbitrability: The Fourth Circuit Holds That Courts Determine the Availability of Class-Wide Arbitration

Is the availability of class-wide arbitration a “gateway” question for courts, or are arbitrators charged with such a decision once a matter is compelled to them? In Dell Webb Communities, Inc. v. Carlson, the Fourth Circuit...more

New York Federal Court Considers Procedural Attacks To Arbitration Confirmation Proceedings

Late last month, a federal district court in New York tackled procedural challenges to an arbitration confirmation proceeding. The arbitration arose from a dispute between an insurer and its reinsurer over the amount due to...more

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory Appeal Of Order Denying Motion To Stay Under Federal Arbitration Act For Lack Of...

Western Security Bank brought an action in the United States District Court for the District of Montana against certain doctors seeking to enforce commercial loan guaranties. The doctors asserted that a non-party, Meridian...more

Fifth Circuit: Diversity Jurisdiction Over FINRA Award Based on Demand

The Fifth Circuit Bar Association’s summary reports: “Appellants were investors who suffered financial losses as a result of R. Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme. In their arbitration complaint, they sought $80 million in...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

Emerging Trends in Arbitration: Battle Brewing Between Executive and Judicial Branches

In recent years, arbitration has become a divisive issue. Exemplifying the increased public focus on arbitration, The New York Times ran a three-part series in 2015 that was very critical of the state of arbitration law. In...more

Arbitration Under Fire: Brace Your Company for Less Contract Freedom and More Class Actions

Since the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) of 1925, the United States has had a policy preference for arbitration, even when an arbitration provision includes language barring class action litigation. We saw this most recently...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

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Arbitration Over Class Action Litigation

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CLASS ARBITRATION WAIVERS - With its ruling on December 14, 2015, the Supreme Court continues to protect arbitration as a means of dispute resolution by cracking down on attempts to circumvent the...more

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