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OnRisk: Arbitration Provisions in Insurance Policies

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode of OnRisk, Carolyn Branthoover and Sarah Turpin talk about the increasing frequency of arbitration clauses in insurance policies, the enforceability of arbitration agreements in both the U.S. and in the UK,...more

Second Circuit Puts Out Simultaneous Class Arbitration Opinions

Two different panels of the Second Circuit issued opinions about class arbitration on the same day last week. One creates a circuit split over how specific parties must be to delegate the availability of class arbitration to...more

Combatting Arbitration Inefficiency

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

“Arbitration has been proven to be an effective way to resolve disputes fairly, privately, promptly and economically.” So provides the preamble to the Construction Industry Rules of the American Arbitration Association....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

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

Alert to Privacy Shield Participants: You Could Lose Your Privacy Certification If You Ignore This Warning

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Recently, Privacy Shield participants started receiving these troubling alerts, purportedly from the International Trade Administration, warning that the recipient organization owes a new fee, and threatening to cancel that...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Court’s Authority To Rule On Question Of Arbitrability And Finds Injunctive Relief Was Not Subject To...

by Carlton Fields on

A Texas federal court determined that, pursuant to the parties’ contract, the dispute was not arbitrable because the plain language of the arbitration clause expressly excluded suits that involved requests for injunctive...more

A Court Determines If Motion to Compel Arbitration Is Groundless

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

In Archer & White Sales v. Henry Schein, Inc., the Fifth Circuit clarified who determines whether a dispute is arbitrable—a court or an arbitrator—when a motion to compel arbitration is “wholly groundless.” In Archer, the...more

West Viriginia Supreme Court Applies Doctrine Of Severability To Enforce Lease’s Arbitration Provision, Despite Other Provisions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

SWN Prod. Co., LLC v. Long, 2017 W. Va. LEXIS 892 (W. Va. Oct. 18, 2017) - Respondents Richard and Mary Long (“Respondents” or “Lessors”) brought a state court action against Petitioner SWN Production Company, LLC...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

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

Does Arbitration Make Sense For Franchisors? A Litigator’s Perspective

by Mulcahy LLP on

Let’s face it; arbitration is not always the quicker, cheaper forum for parties to resolve their differences. Although arbitration does have the potential to be more economical and efficient than court, in practice, these...more

Who Is Presumptively Authorized To Order Class Arbitration? Circuit Courts Weigh In

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent circuit court decisions have strategic implications for companies facing potential class arbitration claims. Key Points: - The Eighth and Ninth Circuits both found in separate cases that the authority to...more

What In-House Counsel Need To Know About Their Form Arbitration Clauses – Ten Foundation Questions

Most arbitrations, and all commercial arbitrations, are creations of contract, and courts are generally required to enforce an arbitration agreement as they would any other contract. Therefore, the terms of the arbitration...more

9th Circuit Approves Class Action In Arbitration

Class action arbitration continues to be a hot topic among the federal appellate courts this summer. The 8th Circuit followed the lead of other circuit courts, finding that courts, not arbitrators, presumptively decide...more

International Arbitration Considerations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Over the past decade, the growing number of mergers and acquisitions of engineering and construction (E&C) firms has consolidated the construction industry, creating an increasingly global market with more multinational...more

So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance: Vacatur of AAA Arbitration Awards in North Carolina - IADC Business Litigation Committee...

As the optimistic wisdom of Dumb & Dumber’s Lloyd Christmas instructs, the chances of winning a motion to vacate an arbitration award may be “one in a million” . . . but “there’s a chance.” Originally published in IADC...more

“Class Arbitration”: The Current Law

We recently began a series of articles in which we ask whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable,...more

Superior Court Suit Alleges Arbitration Claim Is a SLAPP

by LeClairRyan on

If a person believes that a defamation claim being asserted against him in a pending arbitration is a SLAPP, can he ask the Superior Court to issue a declaration and an order stopping the claim from being pursued? A new...more

Independent Contractor Trucker Dodges FAA Arbitration and Keeps His Class Action Alive

by BakerHostetler on

In Oliveira v. New Prime, Inc., No. 15-2364 (May 12, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit confronted two arbitration-related questions of first impression in that Circuit. In the case, Dominic Oliveira had...more

N.J. Supreme Court Finds Material Breach by Company That Knowingly Refused to Cooperate with Arbitration Demands Filed in...

by Genova Burns LLC on

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that a company’s refusal to cooperate with plaintiffs’ arbitration demands was a material breach of their arbitration agreement, which barred the company from later compelling...more

Is Mediation Right for Your Dispute?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

You’ve probably heard that few cases that are filed in court actually are resolved by a trial. Although reported statistics vary, most depict that upwards of 90 percent of litigation results in a pre-trial settlement. These...more

New Jersey Says Non-Payment Of Arbitration Fees is Breach of Agreement

The New Jersey Supreme Court refused to allow a respondent to benefit from its refusal to pay arbitration fees in Roach v. BM Motoring, LLC, 2017 WL 931430 (NJ March 9, 2017)....more

It’s Smooth Sailing for a Shipping Company After Ninth Circuit Arbitration Victory

Last month, the Ninth Circuit issued a notable opinion addressing the enforceability of arbitration agreements in Poublon v. C.H. Robinson Co., 846 F.3d 1251 (9th Cir. 2017), mandate issued (Feb. 24, 2017). In Poublon, the...more

3 Class Actions, 3 Motions to Compel Arbitration, 1 Class Action Survives

The Ninth, Sixth, and Third Circuits all recently issued decisions about whether putative class or collective actions could proceed despite the existence of arbitration clauses. In two of those decisions, the courts found...more

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