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FRANCHISOR 101: Arbitr-“all”

by Lewitt Hackman on

A federal court in New Jersey granted a franchisor's motion to compel arbitration of disputes involving seven frozen yogurt franchises, even though the claims were subject to different arbitration provisions in different...more

TN Trust Code Authorizes Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreement: Not Per Se Breach of Duty, but May Not Bind Non-Signatory Beneficiary

by Burr & Forman on

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently held that Tennessee’s Trust Code and broad trust-instruments authorize a Trustee’s execution of a pre-dispute arbitration clause. That isn’t a per se breach of fiduciary duty, but the...more

6 Key Considerations in China-related Arbitrations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Differences in enforcement and arbitral rules could cause difficulties for unwary parties engaged in or considering arbitration in mainland China. China’s economic growth has attracted significant foreign investment in...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Unconscionability Claims in Arbitration Clause

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which a plaintiff filed a breach of fiduciary duty claim in federal court and opposed defendants' efforts to move the claims to arbitration. The plaintiff claimed...more

'Perception of Bias, Impartiality & Justifiable Doubts': The Case of Arthur Aldcroft

by Reed Smith on

Whether arbitrations are administered or ad hoc, parties within certain industry sectors will often require disputes to be resolved by arbitrators from panels of professional associations, such as GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA or the...more

No Privity? No Problem!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

May a stranger to an arbitration agreement compel arbitration against its signatories? According to the Second Department in Degraw Construction Group v McGowan Builders, Inc., 2017 NY Slip Op 05580 (2nd Dept July 12, 2017),...more

When Asserting Arbitration Provisions, Think Inside the Box

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to apply an arbitration provision to a dispute where the asserted claims were not within the scope of the contract containing the arbitration provision. Roof N Box,...more

UK arbitration news round-up

by Dentons on

Our arbitration news round-up includes commentary on the following: - The "Brexit effect" on London as a dispute resolution centre. - Recent gender statistics show more women arbitrators appointed. - ICC...more

Finality in commercial arbitration further affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada

by Dentons on

Confirming its 2014 decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp.1 (Sattva), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), in another appeal from the Province of British Columbia, has held that there is limited jurisdiction for...more

Keeping up with the Convention: Ontario Modernizes Its International Commercial Arbitration Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A new statutory regime governing international commercial arbitration came into effect in Ontario in March 2017, with the International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017, SO 2017, c 2, replacing the International Commercial...more

Arbitration Provision Enforceable Despite Questions About Legitimacy Of Remainder Of Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

A New York state trial court has denied a motion to stay arbitration in an action brought by plaintiffs, a private equity firm and its affiliate, against defendants, two of plaintiffs’ former officers, despite plaintiffs’...more

Arbitration at your option: So long as you have agreed to it - A case study of Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Dyna-Jet Pte...

by Dentons on

The recent Singapore Court of Appeal judgment in Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Dyna-Jet Pte Ltd discusses the legal implications of an arbitration agreement of an asymmetrical nature. Such an arbitration agreement is...more

Latest Ransomware Attack: Is Your Arbitration Cyber-ready?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The latest global ‘WannaCry’ attack has again brought to the fore the need for sovereign and private parties to have in place adequate cyber-security measures and response plans to deal with cyber-attacks, including in the...more

Arbitration Clauses Extending to Non-Signatory Affiliates: Are They Enforceable?

A recent decision of the New Jersey Court of Appeals considered the enforceability of arbitration agreements by non-signatories. In Foti v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., the plaintiff filed a putative class action...more

Paris, the eternal city for arbitration?

by DLA Piper on

The first edition of the Paris Arbitration Week commences on April 24.1 Organizers have highlighted that the event “is a great occasion to celebrate the repeated trust the actors of international arbitration have for Paris”.2...more

McGill v. Citibank and Arbitration Agreements

On Thursday, April 7, 2017, in McGill v. Citibank, the California Supreme Court held that a pre-dispute arbitration agreement that waives the right to seek public injunctive relief is contrary to public policy and thus...more

Business Divorce Nation: Five States, Five Cases

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

It’s true that the statutory and common-law rules at play in business divorce cases can vary widely from state to state. But it’s also true that court decisions in one state can influence courts in other states, and can...more

Court of Cassation confirms proceedings to set aside Dubai-seated awards cannot be commenced by the debtor

by DLA Piper on

In a recent decision, the Dubai Court of Cassation (CoC) has confirmed that an award debtor is not entitled to apply to set aside an onshore Dubai arbitral award unless the award creditor has first applied to ratify and/or...more

Two States Buck FAA Preemption, While Alabama Stays the Course

Three state supreme courts tackled arbitration law in recent weeks: Alabama, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. Rhode Island reversed a construction arbitration award because it disagreed with the arbitrator’s analysis. ...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration Against Non-Signatory To Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The appeal arose from a consolidated case, originally three separate class actions, resulting from the alleged underfunding of Singing River Health System’s pension plan and KPMG’s alleged failure to detect that underfunding...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Genuine Issue of Material Fact Standard

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini continues to examine an ongoing case questioning the validity of an arbitration agreement. Read Chris' earlier analysis here. In this most recent installment challenging the...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Right to Jury Under Section 4 of Federal Arbitration Act

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims Chris Lazarini analyzed a case outlining when a party is entitled to have a jury decide issues related to the making or enforceability of an arbitration agreement. ...more

Court Orders Parties to Retry Arbitration Seven Years After Award

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In 2008, Move, Inc., initiated a FINRA arbitration against Citigroup Global Markets, alleging that Citigroup improperly invested over $131 million of Move's assets in illiquid and unsuitable auction rate securities. The...more

Anti-Monopoly Disputes Are Not Arbitrable According to Chinese Court

by WilmerHale on

On August 29, the Jiangsu Provincial Higher People's Court ruled that an arbitration clause did not apply to an anti-monopoly dispute in a 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) case brought by a distributor against a manufacturer....more

Keeping to the straight and narrow: Justice is not served when tribunals stray beyond their remit - A case study of JVL Agro...

by Dentons on

In JVL Agro Industries Ltd v Agritrade International Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 126, the High Court set aside an international arbitration award because the tribunal had breached natural justice by dismissing JVL’s claim on an issue...more

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