Arbitrators

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Removal of Arbitrator for Impartiality Doubts under English Arb Act

In Sierra Fishing Company and others v Hasan Said Farran and others [2015] EWHC 140 (Comm), the English Court removed an arbitrator under section 24 of the Arbitration Act 1996. Under that provision, a party to an arbitration...more

Delaware Legislature Introduces Rapid Arbitration Act

The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act, House Bill 49, was recently introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The proposed Act would establish a streamlined arbitration procedure to resolve disputes involving Delaware business...more

SEC Approves New Rule Limiting Who Qualifies As a Public Arbitrator in FINRA Proceedings

On February 26, 2015, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved proposed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules that will substantially reduce the number of public arbitrators on the roster for...more

Termination Of Employee For Engaging In Outside Work While On FMLA/CFRA Upheld, But “Honest Belief” Standard Not Addressed

In Richey v. AutoNation, Inc., the California Supreme Court held that an arbitrator committed no legal error when he determined that an employer lawfully terminated an employee for engaging in outside employment while on...more

Lessons From Lance Armstrong About the Finality of Arbitration Awards

On February 4, an arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong to pay $10 million to his former promotions company, SCA, as a result of his “unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy” that covered up...more

Can an Arbitrator Rule Against a Hospital for Not Violating the Anti-Kickback Statute?

Here’s a nightmare. An arbitrator rules against your hospital for failing to honor an agreement to refer Medicare patients to a home health agency. Why? Because the home health agency paid your hospital good money for the...more

Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Grants Writ Of Mandamus To Vacate Order Granting Disqualification Of Arbitrator

In In Re Sussex, No. 14-70158 (9th Cir. Jan. 27, 2015), the Ninth Circuit determined that the district court erred in holding that its decision to intervene mid-arbitration was justified under Aerojet-General Corp. v. Am...more

Post award correction of attorney fees award by arbitrator is reversed

In Cooper v. Lavely Singer Professional Corp., 2014 DJDAR 13272, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District ruled that a post-hearing substantive “correction” of a “Final Award” of attorney fees awarded...more

Who Decides Whether New Claims Are Precluded By Old Arbitration? An Arbitrator, Says 2d Circuit

We all know that the doctrines of issue preclusion (collateral estoppel) and claim preclusion (res judicata) apply with equal force to both arbitration awards and court orders. But, if your adversary brings new claims that...more

Arbitrators May Award Some Amounts Above the Policy Limits in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Cases

Los Angeles Uninsured Motorist Attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, fields questions from lawyers and insureds alike regarding Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist arbitrations. One of the more frequent topics concerns whether an...more

2014: The Year of Arbitrator Authority

A lot of interesting arbitration law was made this year, on topics from validity to vacatur, but the banner issue was arbitrator authority.  SCOTUS announced that theme for the year with its BG Group decision in March and...more

NLRB to Re-Hear Labor Arbs

Another NLRB bombshell. The NLRB used to “defer” statutory issues to arbitration. For example, if an employer and union arbitrated the issue of an employee’s discharge for good cause, the NLRB would not then prosecute an...more

Court Rejects Manifest Disregard Of Law Claim

A district court in Pennsylvania has denied a motion to vacate a prior arbitration award based on the arbitrator’s alleged manifest disregard of the law, and instead granted a motion to confirm the award in a case arising out...more

Arbitrator Should Decide Whether Dispute Falls Within the Scope of the Arbitration Clause

U.S. Nutraceuticals, LLC v. Cyanotech Corp. - Addressing who should decide whether a dispute falls within the scope of an arbitration clause, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit reversed a district court’s...more

Quirky Question #248, Is arbitration really better than court?

Question: My company is considering implementing a policy of mandatory arbitration of employment disputes. Putting aside the legal considerations, is this practically a good idea?...more

Binding arbitration in managed care contracts - 6 tips to tailor your dispute resolution provisions

The Affordable Care Act is moving millions of previously uninsured patients into commercial managed care health plans. As the healthcare system grapples with complexity of this shift, the size of disputes between healthcare...more

3 Logjams that Stall Most Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases

Barry P. Goldberg is a frequent author on Uninsured/Underinsured (“UM/UIM”) motorist topics. As such, regular advice is given out on many UM/UIM circumstances. Surprisingly, most questions from other lawyers do not involve...more

New Survey Dispels Common Myths About Arbitration

Did you know that 87% of experienced arbitrators report *always* trying to follow applicable law in rendering an award? That will come as a surprise to many critics who like to complain that arbitrators do not adhere to...more

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

New York Federal Court Holds That Arbitrator’s Undisclosed Serious Health Condition Is Not Ground for Vacatur

There are several differences between court litigation and international arbitration, but two in particular stand out. First, whereas the losing party at trial can bring an appeal, the losing party in an arbitration can only...more

Delaware Program Struck Down: Independent Legal Counsel Still Best Avenue for Private Arbitration

The U.S. Supreme Court decided last Monday to not hear a case involving the State of Delaware's effort to create a state-sponsored program where sitting judges could confidentially arbitrate business disputes. Lower courts...more

Federal Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitrator’s Subpoena Duces Tecum To Non-Party

A United States district court in Louisiana recently dismissed a suit brought under the Federal Arbitration Act to enforce a subpoena duces tecum issued in an arbitration proceeding. The district court granted the defendant’s...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2014

New Laws Affecting California Employers - The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #4

Editor’s Note: Bank Regulators Again Looking at Incentive Compensation and Excessive Risks. Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo and New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley spoke on October 20 at a...more

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