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The Seventh Circuit Refers Issue Of Scope Of Arbitration To Arbitrators

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that it lacked jurisdiction over an interlocutory appeal of an order that would direct the arbitrator to include year 2008 in a pending arbitration proceeding brought under the...more

Hawaii Finds Unilateral Arbitrator-Selection Provision Fundamentally Unfair

The Supreme Court of Hawai’i concluded last week that it is fundamentally unfair to allow one party to an arbitration agreement to unilaterally select the arbitral forum. Nishimura v. Gentry Homes, Ltd., __ P.3d__, 2014 WL...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

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

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

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

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

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

When Less Is More: Drafting Enforceable Arbitration Provisions

When drafting contracts, can specificity ever not be a virtue? When a contract leaves material terms open, after all, the contract might be void for indefiniteness. E.g., Boyce v. McMahan, 285 N.C. 730, 734, 208 S.E.2d 692,...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Holds That Arbitrator Should Determine The Preclusive Effect Of A Court’s Confirmation Of A Prior...

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

The Expansive Breadth and Scope of Arizona’s New Revised Uniform Arbitration Act

Recently, the Arizona Court of Appeals determined that under the 2010 Arizona Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, A.R.S. §12-3001, et seq. (the AZ-RUAA), a contractual agreement to arbitrate extends to: (i) arbitration of claims...more

Receivers in Arbitration Proceedings

QUESTION: My client is involved in a partnership dispute. The partnership agreement provides all disputes are to be resolved by binding arbitration. I may want to have a receiver appointed to operate the partnership property...more

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