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Two Recent Decisions Affirm International Arbitration Clauses Will Be Enforced

Two recent decisions reinforce the willingness of Ontario courts to enforce arbitration clauses, apply the competence-competence doctrine and refer any disputes regarding an arbitrator’s jurisdiction to the arbitrator for...more

Italy - Challenge of arbitral award for error of law: is your arbitral clause safe?

by Hogan Lovells on

By judgment no. 13 of 2018 (published in the Official Journal - Gazzetta Ufficiale - on 30 January 2018), the Italian Constitutional Court confirmed the recent position of the Italian Supreme Court, whereby it is always...more

Court Refuses to Enforce "Misleading" and "Sham" Arbitration Agreements

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Courts usually enforce mandatory arbitration agreements in the employment context if the agreements are not too one-sided. But last month, in Degidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon & Restaurant, 2018 WL 456905 (4th Cir. Jan. 18,...more

The future of arbitration: New technologies are making a big impact — and AI robots may take on “human” roles

by Hogan Lovells on

Will new technologies influence the way cases are arbitrated? That was the topic of a debate that included members of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Hogan Lovells partners Winston Maxwell and Laurent Gouiffès...more

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s proposal on cross-institutional consolidation of arbitrations

by White & Case LLP on

For parties and counsel to arbitrations alike, it is unfortunate that one dispute may require battles on many battlefields: Disputes about similar or identical factual and/or legal questions may arise under several...more

Is “Class Arbitration” an Oxymoron — Another Shoe Drops in the Second Circuit

In a series of articles over the past several months, we asked whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of the Fed.R.Civ.P. 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable in U.S....more

South Carolina Surety Law Update

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Sureties may be bound by mandatory arbitration provision in a principal’s contract per a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. Surety claim representatives must frequently decide...more

Gentlemen’s Club Cannot Compel Arbitration Where It Actively Litigated Merits Of Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision refusing to compel arbitration in a labor dispute between a gentlemen’s club (“Crazy Horse”) and a putative class of entertainers because of Crazy Horse’s extensive...more

Separate Requests essential in multi-contract LCIA arbitrations

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A recent English High Court decision is a cautionary tale for claimants under the 2014 LCIA Rules. The Court held that a Request for Arbitration is invalid if it relates to more than one arbitration agreement. Claimants must...more

Pumping the Procedural Brakes: Arbitration Clause Stays Potential Uber Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Will an arbitration provision in a services agreement between Uber and its drivers prevent the drivers from bringing a class action for being misclassified as contractors? The Ontario Superior Court recently addressed this...more

Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration Rebrands as Asian International Arbitration Centre

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The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration ("KLRCA") has officially changed its name to the Asian International Arbitration Centre ("AIAC"). The name change was formally announced on February 7, 2018, during a signing...more

Third Circuit Upholds Arbitration Agreement In Retail Installment Agreement Between Used Car Buyer And Dealer

by Carlton Fields on

This dispute stemmed from a complaint filed by Edmondson, alleging claims under the Federal Odometer Act and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, as well as state law claims for fraud, in relation to her purchase of a used car...more

Federal Courts Do Not Appreciate Defendants Obtaining Arbitration Agreement From Active Plaintiff

In today’s post, we pick up where the 4th Circuit left off a few weeks ago — with federal circuit courts finding ways to avoid enforcing arbitration agreements that are obtained years after litigation has commenced....more

Paris as an international jurisdiction: creation of chambers specialized in cross-border disputes

by White & Case LLP on

On 7 February 2018, in the presence of the French Minister of Justice, agreement protocols were signed by the Court of Appeal, the Commercial Court and the Paris Bar which provide for the creation of a specialist Chamber (or...more

Oh, And One More Thing . . . Issuing A Subpoena For Documents Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 Also Requires Personal Jurisdiction Over The...

Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782, “[t]he district court of the district in which a person resides or is found may order him to . . . produce a document for use in a proceeding in a foreign or international tribunal . . . .” Courts in...more

Insurance Receiver’s Preemption Argument Under Mccarran-Ferguson Fails To Avoid Arbitration Of Reinsurance Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The receiver for Gramercy Insurance Company sought to avoid arbitration of a reinsurance dispute with Contractor’s Bonding, Ltd., by arguing the FAA was reverse preempted under the McCarran-Ferguson Act....more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims

A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018. The bill (House Bill 4058), which...more

Important Considerations in Selecting the Right Mediator

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the fundamental components of a mediation is, of course, the mediator. Continuing the Manufacturing Industry Advisor’s series on mediation, we discuss how to select the right mediator for resolution of your dispute....more

Claim Of Fraudulent Inducement Of A Construction Contract Does Not Invalidate Arbitration Clause In That Same Contract

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Koudela v. Johnson & Johnson Custom Builders, LLC, 2017 Ohio App. Lexis 5800 (December 29, 2017) - In this case, Nicolas and Monica Koudela (the “Koudelas”) entered into a construction contract with “Johnson & Johnson...more

Delaware Law Updates – HBMA Holdings LLC v. LSF9 Stardust Holdings

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Application of a survival clause as a contractual statute of limitations to indemnification claims on an earn-out agreement. In HBMA Holdings LLC v. LSF9 Stardust Holdings LLC, C.A. 12806-VCMR (Del. Ch. Dec. 8, 2017), the...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Montana District Court’s Order Confirming Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

This case involves an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by Appellants Schilling Livestock, Inc., Kenneth Schilling and Lesley Schilling (collectively, the “Schillings”), of a Montana federal district court’s order...more

The Gulf Crisis—Could it Bring State-to-State Arbitration to the Region?

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In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the Gulf state, accusing it of supporting terrorism and developing a...more

California Court Of Appeal Remands Matter For Superior Court To Decide Issue Of Arbitrability And Whether Delegation Clause Was...

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff argued both the delegation clause and the arbitration provision of the agreement at issue were unconscionable, requiring the trial court to resolve the merits of the challenge, which it did not. ...more

Sorry, Arbitration Agreements Are Not For The Courts' Benefit

The Supreme Court of Nebraska gave an unpleasant surprise to its trial court judges last week: they cannot enforce arbitration agreements sua sponte. Boyd v. Cook, 298 Neb. 819 (Feb. 2, 2018)....more

Ninth Circuit Finds Arbitration Clause Showed Clear And Unmistakable Intent To Resolve Arbitrability Questions By Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

Finding Montana law was inapplicable to the subject insurance policy under both federal maritime choice-of-law principles and the policy language, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that an arbitration clause was...more

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