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Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

Suitability of Arbitration Rules for Construction Disputes - Arbitration continues to be the preferred method of dispute resolution for construction disputes. With many large infrastructure projects being financed,...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its willingness to uphold an arbitration agreement, despite arguments that the arbitration agreement had been superseded by a...more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

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

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

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

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

Arbitration Provision TKOs Class Action Lawsuit by Online Viewer of Mayweather/McGregor Fight

Boxing fan Victor Mallh, attempting to take a class action swing at Showtime Networks for failures in its livestream broadcast of the Mayweather/McGregor fight in August of this year, will have to pursue his claim in...more

Third party debt orders and letters of credit

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Supreme Court decided that the legal ‘location’ (situs) of a debt due under a letter of credit is the place of residence of the debtor, not where the debt is due to be paid. The decision opens the door for third party...more

Resistance Or Retaining Shred of Dignity? Kentucky Responds On Kindred

If I had to choose a favorite subset of arbitration cases, it might be the ones that come after SCOTUS remands to a state supreme court. How does a state high court full of accomplished professionals, the cream of the legal...more

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Enforce Your Arbitration Agreement Or Waive Your Right To Arbitrate Your Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Earlier this month, a federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that it waived its right to arbitration by engaging in litigation....more

Getting the Arbitrator Right

by Reed Smith on

This week the Commercial Court handed down judgment in Tonicstar Limited v (1) Allianz Insurance PLC; (2) Sirius International Insurance Corporation ( PUBL) (London Branch) [2017] EWHC 2753, a matter where the question was...more

Ninth Circuit Snubs Stolt-Nielsen, Holds Generic Employee Arbitration Agreement Permits Class-wide Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

After an employer allegedly released personally identifiable information of its employees as the result of a phishing scam, plaintiff employee filed a putative class action lawsuit, alleging claims including negligence,...more

The Arbitration Resistance May Look Like This… (Post #300)

What happens when state courts disagree with SCOTUS’s interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act? They resist, and they have a thousand different ways of doing so. The Mississippi Supreme Court demonstrated one way to...more

More Bumps in the Road for Uber along the Trade Secret Highway

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a California district court decision denying a trade secret defendant’s motion to compel arbitration based on a prior employment agreement between the plaintiff and an...more

Oral Arguments Heard by the Supreme Court on Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In July, we reported that the Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments to settle the circuit split of whether mandatory class action waivers violate section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). Last month, both...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

Argentina’s Arbitration Legal Reform: Steps in the Right Direction?

by WilmerHale on

Argentina is arguably one of the countries with the most untapped economic potential worldwide. Argentina’s government, led by President Mauricio Macri, is trying to change that. Together with undertaking economic and...more

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