Defining the power of arbitration agreements has been a hot topic at the federal and state levels for the past couple of years. In a recent post, we discussed two North Carolina Court of Appeals decisions that validated the...more
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the U.S. District Court of Nevada’s confirmation of an arbitration award allocating attorneys’ fees and denial of a motion to vacate the award. After first holding, in a...more
In This Issue:
- New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Reinsurer Where Insured’s Loss Did Not Reach Attachment Point Necessary to Trigger Coverage:
The United States District Court for the Southern...more
On Saturday January 11, 2014, arbitrator Frank Horowitz reduced Alex Rodriguez’s suspension from 211 games to 162 games (plus any 2014 post-season games) for his use of performance enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) and obstruction of...more
Challenges to arbitrator appointments have become a hot topic in international arbitration, having arisen in several high-profile international arbitrations this year.
Mimicking some of the cases arising in the...more
Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Emp’rs Ins. Co., No. 6: 12-CV-1293 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2013).
A New York federal court denied a reinsurers’ motion to dismiss the cedent’s complaint in a case where the cedent sought a...more
It's pretty common each December to take stock and look back at the year that is ending, whether it’s recounting the happy times and counting one’s blessings, or reliving the disappointments and ruing over the regrets (and...more
Did embattled Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez make a sound strategic judgment in walking out of his grievance arbitration hearing yesterday concerning his 211-game, PED-related suspension after the arbitrator denied his...more
A recent case illustrates the importance of conducting a careful, sensitive investigation of sexual harassment complaints. An employer’s “unpardonable” response to a sexual harassment complaint has resulted in an...more
The Third Circuit ruled last week that Delaware’s Chancery Court could not offer its judges’ services as neutral arbitrators in its courtrooms, unless those arbitrations were open to the public.
In 2009, the Delaware...more
The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Administered Arbitration Rules 2013 align the jurisdiction with international best practices.
The HKIAC has updated its popular rules for administered...more
The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) has recently amended its AAA Commercial Rules (the “Commercial Rules”), which apply to thousands of U.S. domestic arbitrations annually. The amendments take effect for all...more
The New Jersey Appellate Division has held that an individual retained to serve as an arbitrator cannot act as a mediator and then return to the role of arbitrator.
Although the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor has drawn the most attention, other key rulings from the 2012-2013 term also affect HR.
In State v. AFSCME, Council 4, Local 391, 2013 Conn. LEXIS 266 (Conn. Aug. 6, 2013), the Connecticut Supreme Court held there is a clear, well-defined and dominant policy against sexual harassment in the State and that an...more
An employee who was entitled to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits for a workplace injury could not also obtain damages through arbitration, a labour arbitrator has decided.
In HM DG, Inc. v. Amini, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held that an arbitration clause was enforceable even though it did not specify the agency to arbitrate the dispute or otherwise provide...more
Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, 133 S. Ct. 2064 (2013).
In a non-reinsurance case, the United States Supreme Court recently defined the scope of the limited judicial review provided for under Section 10(a)(4) of the...more
Nat’l Cas. Co. v. OneBeacon Am. Ins. Co., No. 12-cv-11874-DJC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92840 (D. Mass. Jul. 1, 2013).
A Massachusetts federal court held that the issue of whether a court judgment confirming an...more
ROM Reinsurance Management Co. v. Continental Ins. Co., No. 654480/12 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. Jul. 29, 2013).
A New York State motion court denied a reinsurer’s motion to reargue an earlier denial of a petition to...more
In two decisions this week, courts consider whether arbitration awards can be violated based on arbitrators’ decisions to exclude evidence. ...more
In a decision that confirms arbitrators’ broad discretion to not only fashion remedies, but also fashion sanctions, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that an arbitrator did not exceed his power by issuing a severe sanction:...more
On July 3rd, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas issued a ruling in Nationbuilders Insurance Services, Inc. v. Houston International Insurance Company, Ltd., 2013 WL 3423755 (Tex. App. – Dallas,...more
The Supreme Court’s October 2012 Term could rightly be named “The Year of the Class Action.” The High Court received many petitions for review and ultimately issued more than five decisions that tackled issues impacting the...more
The recent Sutter decision drives home repeatedly that a court may not vacate an arbitrator’s decision under the FAA just because a judge thinks the arbitrator reached the wrong result. ...more
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