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The Ten Arbitration Trends Of 2017

2017 was a big year in arbitration law. We went from a country that seemed on the verge of banning arbitration in most consumer and employee contracts to a country whose federal policy embraces arbitration in nearly every...more

Class Actions: Maximum Wage and Hour and Other Developments

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Any entity with a sizable hourly workforce is a potential target for class action lawsuits, especially those that do business in California. Many in senior management have a horror story about an inadvertent failure to put...more

Parties Must Take Care to Avoid Risk of Defective Service in Arbitration

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Two recent English court decisions provide useful reminders that parties to arbitration agreements must take care to properly serve arbitration proceedings on the other party. In doing so, parties will avoid the risk of the...more

Hong Kong High Court Stays Litigation in Favor of Arbitration

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On 27 November 2017, the High Court of Hong Kong issued a judgment in which it again demonstrated its willingness to uphold an arbitration agreement, despite arguments that the arbitration agreement had been superseded by a...more

Missouri Supreme Court Punts Two Lawsuits in a Row, on Direct Flights to Arbitration

Arbitration agreements have faced tackles and turbulence in a series of cases litigated in Missouri courts over the past few years. In the fall of 2017, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued two favorable arbitration agreement...more

Court Finds Confidentiality Provision In Arbitration Agreement Unconscionable, Compels Consumer Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit has determined that a confidentiality provision in an arbitration clause was substantively unconscionable. The case involved a putative class action by David Johnson alleging that KeyBank National...more

Court Enforces Exclusion of Products Claims From Intercompany Arbitration Agreement

In State Farm General Insurance Co. v. Watts Regulator Co. (No. B271236, filed 11/30/17), a California appeals court held that a manufacturer could not compel intercompany arbitration of an insurer’s subrogation claim,...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Injunction Bottleneck

by Lewitt Hackman on

A restaurant franchisor, World of Beer Franchising ("WOB"), recently lost an appeal to enforce a post-termination restriction against a franchisee launching a competing business. Both the trial and appellate court ruled...more

B.C. Supreme Court Extends Arbitration Agreement to Non-Signatories

In Northwestpharmacy.com Inc. v. Yates, the B.C. Supreme Court upheld an application by the defendants to stay legal proceedings in favour of arbitration, despite the fact that the defendants themselves were not signatories...more

The Ninth Circuit Rules That both an Arbitrator and a Trial Court May Have a Role in a Case with Individual and PAGA Claims

by BakerHostetler on

Employers, plaintiffs, and courts continue to grapple with the difficult issue of the interplay between the California Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) and arbitration agreements. We’ve addressed these issues several...more

Controversy surrounds UAE Resolution relating to arbitrations

by Dentons on

New law fuels concern in the legal community - The UAE has spent years investing in international arbitration and has become a well-known hub for large scale disputes. The country has developed well-respected and renowned...more

Customer Fails To Satisfy Burden To Vacate FINRA Arbitration Award In Favor Of Its Broker

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court in California confirmed a FINRA arbitration award last month in a lawsuit by Global eBusiness against its broker for alleged mishandling of Global’s margin account. Overall, the court found that...more

Trump Blocks CFPB Arbitration Rule, but the Story’s Not Over Yet

by Polsinelli on

President Donald Trump effectively stopped the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) so-called “arbitration rule,” signing legislation repealing the rule on Nov. 1. The rule would have prohibited providers of certain...more

Court Denies MF Global Holdings’ Bid To Appeal Bankruptcy Court Order Compelling Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

On October 30, 2017 the Southern District of New York rejected MF Global Holdings’ (“MF Global”) latest attempt to avoid a bankruptcy court order compelling it to submit to arbitration in Bermuda in its coverage dispute with...more

Swiss Court affirms parties’ right to waive set-aside of arbitration award

by Dechert LLP on

In a 17 October 2017 decision with significant implications for arbitration agreements between international parties, the Swiss Supreme Court held that the parties had validly waived their right to challenge an international...more

Arbitration Award For Cabbage Patch Kids Is Confirmed

What could be a better subject for a Black Friday weekend post than the Cabbage Patch Kids??! Especially if you are old enough to remember the 1980s… Whether you loved or hated the smushed-face dolls, the point of this post...more

Long-Time Reinsurance Attorney Ruled Not Qualified To Arbitrate 9/11 World Trade Center Reinsurance Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

An attorney with “considerably more than ten years’ experience of insurance and reinsurance law” has been deemed unqualified to arbitrate a reinsurance dispute stemming from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the...more

Segway Competitor Rolls Away from Former CEO’s Attempt to Force Arbitration

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

A party seeking to enforce a contract has to show mutual assent, also referred to as “a meeting of the minds.” In other words, both parties actually have to agree on the same thing. If the parties don’t agree, then a contract...more

High Court Ruling Helps Protect Confidentiality of Arbitral Awards

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The High Court recently held that a party was not free to disclose an arbitral award even though that award had already entered the public domain. Notably, the ruling may have significant implications for parties considering...more

Don't Rely on the Courts to Score at Arbitration

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In the recent football case of Bony v Kacou & Ors [2017 EWHC 2146 (Ch)], the High Court was asked to consider whether an arbitration agreement would be implied into a contract. The FA Rules of Association - The Football...more

District Of Colorado Affirms FINRA Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court affirmed a FINRA arbitration award, despite a cross-motion to vacate the award on the bases of alleged panel misconduct; exceeding its powers; manifest disregard of the law; and that the award did not...more

Service of Arbitration Notice

by Reed Smith on

The case looks at the question of when notices of arbitration passed to a counterparty’s agent can be considered effective service on the counterparty in circumstances where that the agent is not authorised to receive the...more

Golf, the Commercial Division, and Expert Disclosure: No Sandbaggers Allowed!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Several weeks ago, we reviewed some of the newer Commercial Division Rules and reported on a couple recent decisions from Justice Shirley Werner Korneich of the Manhattan Commercial Division applying one of those Rules, Rule...more

Consumer Financial Services Arbitration: Another Perspective

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Much has been said and written about Congress’ rejection of the CFPB proposal to ban class action waivers in arbitration agreements between consumers and financial services companies. One of the most frequent statements I...more

CFPB Finally Acknowledges Arbitration Rule “Has No Force or Effect”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two weeks after President Trump signed H.J. Res. 111, the joint resolution passed by the House and Senate disapproving the CFPB arbitration rule, the CFPB has formally acknowledged Congress’ override of the rule under the...more

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