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Energy Arbitration in Africa

by WilmerHale on

The energy sector is a critical element in Africa’s economic development. It includes traditional resources such as oil, gas and coal as well as a growing emphasis on renewable sources of energy. Historically and today, the...more

NC Court of Appeals Clarifies When a Nonsignatory Can Compel Arbitration

Generally, only signatories to an arbitration agreement can compel one another to arbitrate their claims. However, in certain situations, a nonsignatory may take advantage of an arbitration agreement between other parties....more

Texas Fiduciary Litigation Update

by Winstead PC on

David F. Johnson presented his paper on “Litigation Update, Including Fiduciary Issues” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Legal Conference in Austin, Texas, on April 5, 2018. This presentation covered recent Texas precedent...more

Can a Nonsignatory to an Arbitration Agreement Compel Arbitration by Estoppel? North Carolina Court of Appeals Says Yes — But Not...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Smith Jamison Constr. v. Apac-Atlantic, Inc., 2018 N.C. App. LEXIS 132 (N.C. Ct. App. Feb. 6, 2018) - General contractor APAC-Atlantic (“APAC”) hired Smith Jamison Construction (“Jamison”) as a subcontractor to perform...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

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

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

The Guide to Damages in International Arbitration: Strategic Issues in Employing and Deploying Damages Experts

by WilmerHale on

Parties frequently engage experts to assist in developing, calculating and presenting their cases on damages to tribunals in international arbitration. Such experts may specialise in economics, finance or accounting, or...more

The Guide to Damages in International Arbitration: Introduction

by WilmerHale on

There are three types of arbitrators: those who understand numbers and those who don’t. This old joke, adapted to the international arbitration community and repeated at conferences, typically receives nervous laughter...more

Setting aside an SOP Act adjudication determination: The right of all parties to be heard

by Dentons on

The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B) (SOP Act) gives parties in Singapore a way to quickly resolve construction payment disputes on a “temporary finality” basis with the right to fully and...more

Litigation. Major Russian legislation changes for 2017

by Dentons on

Change in the rules for applying the mandatory pre-arbitration dispute resolution procedure when filing with Russian commercial courts - Amendments to Article 4(5) of the RF Commercial Procedure Code entered into force on...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Limitations Outside Of Arbitration

by Morris James LLP on

HBMA Holdings LLC v. LSF9 Stardust Holdings LLC, C.A. 12806-VCMR (December 8, 2017) - This decision illustrates the dangers of not following the limited contractual time to file a dispute and instead relying on an...more

From majlis to courtroom an interview with Peter Shaw

by Dentons on

Having been a leading construction and engineering lawyer and arbitrator for over 40 years, as well as a prominent figure in the UAE legal landscape for close to two decades, Dentons' Peter Shaw has witnessed the ups and...more

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

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

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