Arbitrators

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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

Selecting Party Arbitrators

The use of party arbitrators is on the rise in the United States. It is now common in U.S.-based commercial arbitrations with tripartite panels that the parties each select unilaterally one party arbitrator, who then together...more

Leading Arbitrators/Practitioners Address Trends In International Arbitration At New York Symposium

On Monday, March 10, 2014, Cozen O’Connor’s Martin Gusy participated in a panel discussion on current trends in international arbitration at Cardozo School of Law in New York. Other panelists included Ank Santens of White &...more

Selecting a Party-Appointed Arbitrator in the US

Arbitration analysis: Selecting an arbitrator is one of the most important strategic considerations in an arbitration. While an arbitrator's neutrality and impartiality is widely assumed to be the norm (especially...more

SCOTUS Will Not Reconsider Fate Of Delaware’s Business Arbitrations; NLRB’s Class Action Arbitration Decision Loses Again

SCOTUS announced today that it would not review the Third Circuit’s decision in Strine v. Delaware Coalition for Open Government, Inc, holding that Delaware’s Chancery Court could not offer its judges’ services as neutral...more

Supreme Court Holds That Arbitrators, Not Courts, Are To Interpret A Treaty’s Arbitration Prerequisite

The United States Supreme Court has held that arbitrators, not courts, bear the primary responsibility for interpreting and applying a local litigation requirement of an investment treaty between the United Kingdom and...more

What if the Agreed Upon Arbitrator No Longer Conducts Arbitrations? The North Carolina Court of Appeals Answers in Torrence

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

Arbitrator Improprieties: A Educational Laundry List

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

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