Arbitrators

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Eight Tips on How to Impress Your Arbitrator

While the most successful way to impress your arbitrator is with the merits of your case, there are smaller, but important, ways to create a favorable impression of yourself and your client’s case. Below is one arbitrator’s...more

California’s Second and Fourth Appellate Districts Split Over Who Should Decide Whether Agreement Authorizes Class Arbitration –...

In Network Capital Funding Corporation v. Papke, G049172, 2014 WL 5035099 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 9, 2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District declined to follow the reasoning of the Second Appellate...more

London Court Of International Arbitration – New Rules Take Effect

As of 1 October 2014, the London Court of International Arbitration’s (LCIA) new rules (the LCIA Arbitration Rules 2014) take effect bringing about wholesale changes to the powers of LCIA arbitrators. The rules retain...more

American Arbitration Association Panel Distinguishes Third Circuit’s Holding in Opalinski

The intersection of class actions and arbitration continues to raise issues for parties to consider in evaluating whether arbitration clauses do or do not permit class actions in arbitration. One such issue involves who gets...more

Is Your Arbitration Agreement Still Enforceable in Missouri After Baker v. Bristol Care, Inc.?

This summer, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a decision that will affect arbitration agreements relied on by employers across the state. The decision—one of many in a recent trend of Missouri cases restricting the...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Protecting Policy Holders From Arbitration Bias [Video]

Private arbitrations have become a major commercial enterprise in part because they appear to present a desirable alternative to traditional litigation. Commentators often claim that arbitration is less formal, less expensive...more

New JAMS Arbitration Rules Offer Emergency Relief Procedures

Parties choose arbitration because it provides for a controlled process. Within that process, there is one relatively rare situation when a party requires immediate relief to get a certain aspect of the case resolved quickly...more

Third Circuit Holds That a Court, Not an Arbitrator, Must Decide Whether an Arbitration Agreement Authorizes Class-wide...

Who decides whether an arbitration agreement allows for class-wide arbitration — a court or an arbitrator? In the wake of mixed signals from the U.S. Supreme Court, lower courts have been reluctant to answer this question....more

Third Circuit Holds that Courts, Not Arbitrators, Should Rule on Classwide Arbitration

In Opalinski v. Robert Half International, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that where an arbitration clause is silent as to the availability of classwide arbitration, that issue should...more

Third Circuit: Courts, Not Arbitrators, Decide Whether to Require Classwide Arbitration

Recent Supreme Court precedent has clearly reinforced the validity of contractual class action/arbitration waivers. In AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Court made clear that class action waivers are enforceable, even if...more

Texas Supreme Court Vacates $26 Million Arbitration Award And Reverses Court Of Appeal’s Decision Imposing Requirement For...

Nearly ten years after arbitration proceedings commenced involving a claim arising from the purchase and sale of various insurance companies, the Texas Supreme Court vacated the $26 million arbitration award entered against...more

Arbitrator To Decide Whether Arbitration Agreement Provides For Class Arbitration

A majority of the United States Supreme Court has never reached agreement on whether the court or an arbitrator should decide the issue of whether an agreement allows or precludes class arbitration. In Sandquist v. Lebo...more

FINRA Sends “Public Arbitrators” Rule to SEC for Approval

On June 30, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) sent its proposed rules to limit the definition of “public arbitrators” to those without any experience in the securities industry. Previously, an...more

AAA Changes the Rules of the Game: Why AAA Arbitration May Be Worth the Cost

According to the American Arbitration Association, "[a]rbitration is a time-tested, cost-effective alternative to litigation . . . . [and] AAA arbitrators possess years of industry-specific knowledge and experience." Most...more

FINRA Continues Investor-Friendly Arbitration Reforms

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is submitting rule amendments for SEC approval that would generally make individuals with any past ties to the financial industry ineligible to be considered "public" FINRA...more

Arbitrators, Not Courts, To Decide Availability Of Class Arbitration Under Parties’ Agreement

A federal court in New York has held that arbitrators, not courts, should decide whether class arbitration is available under an arbitration agreement entered into between private parties. The court had previously compelled...more

Arbitrator may order change to hours, location of doctor who sexually-harassed hospital nurse

Where a doctor has sexually harassed a nurse, a labour arbitrator has authority to decide how close the doctor should be able to work with the nurse, and under what conditions, an Ontario arbitrator has decided....more

Arbitrator Selection

Much has been written in recent years about whether arbitration has lived up to its billing as a “better, faster, cheaper” alternative to litigation. No matter one’s views about this, litigation is undoubtedly very costly,...more

Zurich Insurance Company v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada: Ontario Court of Appeal Considers Standard of Review of Arbitration...

As arbitration becomes a more and more common form of dispute resolution, the intersection between arbitral decisions and the courts will need to be watched more and more closely. Frequently, such decisions are immune from...more

Court Vacates $125M Award Due To Arbitrator’s Misleading Disclosures

Today we take a close look at that rare creature: an opinion finding sufficient basis under the FAA to vacate an arbitration award. In Tenaska Energy Inc. v. Ponderosa Pine Energy, LLC, __S.W.3d __, 2014 WL 2139215 (Tex. May...more

Court Holds That Arbitrator Should Decide Whether An Arbitration Provision Survives The Commutation Of A Reinsurance Agreement

A federal judge in the District of Connecticut recently analyzed whether the arbitration provision in a reinsurance agreement was extinguished by a subsequent commutation agreement. The case involved an agreement between the...more

Court Quashes Subpoena Seeking Unissued Arbitration Award

After striking the affirmative defense of failure to mitigate, a court quashed a subpoena issued to an arbitrator seeking an unissued arbitration award in a dispute between certain defendants and their reinsurer....more

Texas Supreme Court Orders and Opinion (5/14)

The Court issued its opinion in No. 12-0789, Tenaska Energy, Inc. v. Ponderosa Pine Energy, LLC. This appeal arises from an arbitration award, and is interesting because the Court vacated the award and ordered a new...more

California Court of Appeal Upholds Provision Delegating Authority to Arbitrator to Resolve Disputes Concerning Enforceability of...

On May 15, 2014, the California Court of Appeal provided positive news to employers seeking to maintain and enforce arbitration agreements. In Tiri v. Lucky Chances, Inc., a unanimous First Appellate District panel reversed a...more

Labor Arbitrator Authorized To Void Agreement Based On Mutual Mistake

This week the Eighth Circuit confronted an interesting question: if a union member believed he failed a drug test, and therefore agreed his employer could terminate him if he tested positive again, can the arbitrator...more

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