Indraneel Gunjal

Class Action Against Grindr for Selling Consumer Data Might be Forced into Individual Arbiration

(9/22/20)Indraneel Gunjal

A class action complaint against Grindr for alleged privacy violations may not be able to proceed in traditional court and will have to be resolved through individual arbitration, according to one of the attorneys for the complainant.

Marc Alexander

Arbitration: On Issue Of First Impression, 9th Circuit Holds Arbitration Obligations Survived Contract Termination

(9/22/20)Marc Alexander

In Shivkov v Artex Risk Solutions the 9th Circuit held if contracts do not expressly or impliedly indicate that the termination of the agreement itself results in the expiry of the arbitration clause, then the latter survives after the termination of the former.

Indraneel Gunjal

The 9th Circuit Rules that Commercial Arbitration Rules Also Apply to Labor Disputes

(9/21/20)Indraneel Gunjal

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision ruled that the standard for evaluating whether the courts or the arbitrators themselves must decide if commercial disputes are to be arbitrated is equally applicable in the context of labor disputes.

Hilary Mofsowitz

Arbitration Conversation No. 24: Hilary Mofsowitz, South African Labor and Employment Arbitrator

(9/21/20)Hilary Mofsowitz, Amy Schmitz

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Hilary Mofsowitz, a South African Labor and Employment Arbitrator with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in South Africa.

Brent Owen

Troubling Trend, Another Court Declines to Enforce Arbitration Clause

(9/21/20)Brent Owen

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Johnson v. Westlake Portfolio Mgmt. declined to enforce an arbitration clause in a consumer dispute over the repossession of a Jeep Wrangler, in spite of federal policy favoring arbitration.

George Friedman

PLI’s 'Securities Arbitration 2020' – A New Medium, But the Same Great Content

(9/21/20)George Friedman

Practising Law Institute’s (“PLI”) annual securities arbitration seminar took place via live Webcast on September 10th. Although the pandemic moved the event to a virtual-only format, the event as usual was packed with content of interest.

Judith Meyer

Private Arbitration for Business Disputes in the Time of COVID

(9/17/20)Judith Meyer

New urgencies created by COVID, new virtual platforms that are increasingly user-friendly and real, and all the traditional reasons—an experienced arbiter, party control, efficiency, speed —make private arbitration a fine choice for businesses that have disputes during the pandemic.

Mark Kantor

US Ct of Appeals Rejects Evident Partiality Arguments as Speculative

(9/16/20)Mark Kantor

On 14 September 2020, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected vacatur of two arbitration awards for alleged “evident partiality,” overturning the vacatur of the awards by the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in OOGC America, L.L.C. v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C.

Arthur Dong

Shanghai Holds that “SIAC Arbitration in Shanghai” is Valid After Longlide Case

(9/16/20)Arthur Dong

In March 2013, in Anhui Longlide Packaging and Printing Co., Ltd. v. BP Agnati S. R. L, the Supreme People’s Court of China (“SPC”) held that an arbitration agreement providing “ICC arbitration in Shanghai” is valid under the PRC Arbitration Law.

Nudrat Piracha

Arbitration Conversation No. 23: Dr. Nudrat Piracha, Member of the ICSID Ad Hoc Committee

(9/16/20)Nudrat Piracha, Colin Rule, Amy Schmitz

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy (and Colin) interview Dr. Nudrat Piracha, member of the ICSID Ad Hoc Committee, Partner at the firm Samdani & Qureshi, and Senior JAMS Weinstein Fellow since 2018.

Tomas Furlong

Singapore Convention on Mediated Settlement Agreements Comes Into Force

(9/14/20)Tomas Furlong, Priya Aswani, Gitta Satryani

On 12 September 2020, the Singapore Mediation Convention came into force, just over a year after its signing ceremony on 7 August 2019, and marked an important day for dispute resolution users.

Eric Troutman

Another Gamble?: Court Refuses to Compel TCPA Marketing Case to Arbitration

(9/14/20)Eric Troutman

In a somewhat shocking recent ruling in Gamble v. New Eng. Auto Fin., Inc., the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals refused to compel arbitration of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ('TCPA') marketing suits pursuant to consumer agreements reasoning that such messages do not “arise out of” the underlying contract.

George Friedman

FINRA DRS Postpones In-Person Hearings Through December 4, but Posts Info on Reopening Plans

(9/14/20)George Friedman

FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) has again administratively postponed all in-person arbitration and mediation hearings but has posted guidance on its plans to resume in-person hearings.

Carrie Shu Shang

Arbitration Conversation No. 22: Prof. Carrie Shang of Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona

(9/13/20)Carrie Shu Shang, Amy Schmitz

In this episode Amy interviews Prof. Carrie Shu Shang of Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona on international arbitration and China's Belt and Road initiative.

Daniel Urbas

Canada – Stay Application Lacks Evidence Required to Demonstrate Overlap/Status of Duplicative Proceedings

(9/11/20)Daniel Urbas

Justice Susan L. Bercov had to decide whether to exercise her discretion to stay duplicative proceedings involving administrative action taken in two Canadian provinces. Justice Bercov declined to exercise her discretion due to the applicant’s failure to meet his evidentiary burden to establish the overlap and status of the duplicative proceedings.

Daniel Urbas

Canada – Loss to Bar, Gain to Bench - Madam Justice Jasmin Ahmad, Q.C.

(9/11/20)Daniel Urbas

A big change in Canada's arbitration and litigation environment with yesterday’s nomination of Madam Justice Jasmin Ahmad to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Despite the loss to the arbitration and litigation bar, her nomination is a great gain to the bench.

Indraneel Gunjal

A Study of International Commercial Arbitration in the Commonwealth

(9/10/20)Indraneel Gunjal

A major Commonwealth study on international commercial arbitration led by Dr. Petra Butler, a professor at Victoria University of Wellington, and Dharshini Prasad, a Senior Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, offers trade-boosting solutions.

Cameron Michelsen

NJ Supreme Court Upholds 'Acknowledged' Employment Arbitration Agreement

(9/10/20)Cameron Michelsen

A somewhat divided New Jersey Supreme Court in Skuse v. Pfizer, Inc., held that an arbitration agreement announced and “acknowledged” by email to employees was valid and enforceable.

Daniel Urbas

Canada - Exceptional Case Grants Appeal Court Jurisdiction Over Single Judge’s Decision Mistakenly Denying Leave to Appeal

(9/08/20)Daniel Urbas

This article discusses the case of McEwen (Re) (2020 ONCA 511), where Ontario’s Court of Appeal repurposed an exception, developed in its 1996 decision involving leave to appeal an arbitration award, which permitted a three-member panel to review the decision of a single judge denying leave to appeal.

Jill Gross

Arbitration Conversation No. 21: Prof. Jill Gross of Pace Law School

(9/08/20)Jill Gross, Amy Schmitz

Arbitration Conversation Episode 21: In this episode Amy interviews Prof. Jill I. Gross, Director of the Investor Rights Clinic at the Pace University Law School on securities arbitration and FINRA.

Marc Alexander

Second District Reverses Order Denying Arbitration, Because Unconscionable Provision Was Severable

(9/08/20)Marc Alexander

In Michael Conyer v. Hula Media Services, the California State Appellate Court held that an employer had no duty to point out the subsequent addition of an arbitration clause to the employee's attention when the latter had given assent to this clause, by signing the 'receipt and acknowledgment' page of the revised employee handbook.

Ryan Warden

New Jersey High Court Updates State’s Arbitration Case Law to Reflect Modern Business Practice

(9/08/20)Ryan Warden, Dean Shauger

On August 18, 2020 the Supreme Court of New Jersey upheld the enforceability of an employment arbitration agreement by validating employer distribution of mandatory arbitration agreements, confirming that employees may manifest their assent by remaining employed after the effective date specified in the agreements.

Paul Besozzi

Requisite for Obtaining Agreement to Arbitrate TCPA Claims: "Affirmative Assent"

(9/08/20)Paul Besozzi

Mandatory arbitration clauses have become routine ingredients in website user terms and conditions. But what is “enough” to confirm that the consumer has “signed on” to arbitrate a dispute" This article explores the judicial positions on the validity of such mandatory arbitration clauses.

Mikhail Vishnyakov

Annulment of ICSID Award Due to Arbitrator’s Failure to Disclose Relationship with Claimants’ Expert

(9/04/20)Mikhail Vishnyakov

An ICSID award rendered in May 2017 awarded damages of €128 million to the claimant-investors. However, in June 2020 the Award was annulled by an ICSID annulment committee because one of the arbitrators failed to disclose his relationship with the claimant-investors' expert.

Andrew Battisson

Institutional Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic: Cooperation, Collaboration and Going Virtual

(9/04/20)Andrew Battisson, Tamlyn Mills, Sherina Petit

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shut businesses, locked down communities, and closed borders, the international arbitration community had to rapidly develop new ways of working. The international arbitration community has collaborated to find ways to maintain access to justice in a timely and efficient manner.

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