Binding Arbitration

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Washington Insurance Law - 2013 Year in Review

2013 was a particularly eventful year in Washington insurance law. This paper summarizes the holdings of several notable Washington insurance decisions that were filed in 2013. Bad Faith - Attorney-Client...more

Commercial Arbitration: Guidance from Canadian, US, UK and Australian Appellate Courts

Back in March, I wrote in this space that the Supreme Court of Canada had decided to hear a commercial arbitration case from British Columbia....more

If “Grave Error” Is Not Enough To Vacate An Arbitrator’s Decision, What Is?

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

Pew Report on Checking Account 'Best Practices' Draws Questionable Conclusions

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report on the safety and transparency of checking accounts. The study questions whether banks are sufficiently engaged in what Pew deems "best practices" and concludes that the...more

Washington Supreme Court: FAA Does Not Preempt State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Agreements in Insurance Contracts

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not preempt a state statute that prohibits binding arbitration agreements in insurance contracts....more

Washington Supreme Court Declares that Binding Arbitration Provisions in Insurance Policies are Unenforceable

In State, Dept. of Transp. v. James River Ins. Co., — P.3d — , 2013 WL 174111 (Wash. January 17, 2013), an en banc panel of the Washington Supreme Court unanimously declared that binding arbitration provisions in insurance...more

Binding Arbitration Agreements in Insurance Contracts are Void in Washington

In Washington State Department of Transportation v. James River Insurance Company, Wash. No. 87644-4 (January 17, 2013), the Washington Supreme Court declared binding arbitration agreements in insurance contracts void and...more

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