“Courts Split on Class Action Waivers, Arbitration Provisions in ERISA Litigation”

This Lexology article by Todd D. Wozniak, Lindsey R. Camp, Chelsea Ashbrook McCarthy and Megan C. Eckel of Holland & Knight discusses recent decisions addressing the enforceability of arbitration provisions in ERISA plans, concluding that “[w]ithout clear direction from the Supreme Court or legislative action, district courts and circuit courts of appeal will continue toContinue reading ““Courts Split on Class Action Waivers, Arbitration Provisions in ERISA Litigation””

“Monster Energy distribution dispute: amicus briefs do not create evident partiality”

Matthew Kirtland, Katie Connolly, Esha Kamboj of Norton Rose Fulbright have this article in Lexology, discussing a California District Court’s decision in Monster Energy Co v City Beverages, 5:17-CV-00295, 2021 WL 650275 (CD, Cal, 17 Feb 2021), in which the court held that JAMS’ submissions of amicus briefs in litigation challenging the impartiality of oneContinue reading ““Monster Energy distribution dispute: amicus briefs do not create evident partiality””

Inconsistent Contract Provisions Undermines Claim For Attorneys’ Fees

The California Court of Appeals decision in Bilodeau v. Modern Mobile Homes, Inc. provides a cautionary tale to contract drafters. A prevailing party in an arbitration sought to recover attorneys’ fees incurred in connection with post-award proceedings that unsuccessfully sought to vacate the arbitration award. As the court noted, the arbitration provision contained in theContinue reading “Inconsistent Contract Provisions Undermines Claim For Attorneys’ Fees”

“Preempted! New Jersey Courts Hold Ban on Pre-Dispute Arbitration of Employment Claims Preempted by Federal Arbitration Act”

Meredith-Anne Berger and Anne Dana of Seyfarth Shaw have authored this article, available through JD Supra, discussing the recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in New Jersey Civil Justice Institute v. Grewal, in which the court held that New Jersey’s ban on enforcement of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration provisionsContinue reading ““Preempted! New Jersey Courts Hold Ban on Pre-Dispute Arbitration of Employment Claims Preempted by Federal Arbitration Act””

“Ticket Transfer Undermines Cubs’ Ability to Compel Arbitration”

The Illinois Appellate Court’s recent decision in Zuniga v. Major League Baseball is the subject of this JD Supra article by Patrick Hammon of McManis Faulker. As noted by Mr. Hammon, “the appellate court focused on the consideration that made this case different from many other unconscionability cases—specifically, the fact that Ms. Zuniga did notContinue reading ““Ticket Transfer Undermines Cubs’ Ability to Compel Arbitration””

Court Upholds Enforceability Of Arbitration Provision When Company Waives Conflicting Provision

In American Family Life Assurance Company v. Baker, a Second Circuit panel affirmed the Southern District’s decision to compel arbitration of ERISA claims, when the employer was forced to unravel conflicting contract provisions that on their face served to collectively preclude the employees from asserting their claims altogether. One contractual provision purported to mandate arbitrationContinue reading “Court Upholds Enforceability Of Arbitration Provision When Company Waives Conflicting Provision”

“SDNY Vacates Arbitration Award in International Maritime Shipping Dispute”

Chael Clark of Carlton Fields has authored this article, available in JD Supra, discussing the Southern District’s decision in Copragri S.A. v. Agribusiness United DMCC. As the article explains, [t]he court held that because Copragri was not a party to the bill of lading and therefore did not consent to arbitration in New York, theContinue reading ““SDNY Vacates Arbitration Award in International Maritime Shipping Dispute””

Choice Of Law Provision Can Be Determinative Regarding Arbitrability

Contract drafters who treat choice of law provisions as insignificant should think twice, at least if there is a desire to ensure disputes will be arbitrated. In Frederick v. Law Office of Fox Kohler & Associates PLLC LLC , the Third Circuit, called to assess whether the lower court had incorrectly interpreted an arbitration provisionContinue reading “Choice Of Law Provision Can Be Determinative Regarding Arbitrability”

“England: Divorcing couples to receive £500 mediation voucher”

As described in this article in Scottish Legal News, the United Kingdom has set aside a £1 million budget to incentivize mediation, by providing 2000 couples on a first come, first served basis with tax-free vouchers, with the hope of relieving burdens on the courts. Interesting idea, that if utilized in appropriate circumstances, could payContinue reading ““England: Divorcing couples to receive £500 mediation voucher””

“Mediation. Discovery. District court denies motion to compel, holding that party seeking documents relating to a private confidential mediation must satisfy a heightened standard of need.”

David Zaslowsky and Grant Hanessian of Baker McKenzie have this article in Lexology, discussing the Southern District’s decision in Accent Delight Int’l Ltd. v. Sotheby’s, precluding litigating parties from obtaining in discovery documents utilized in a related private mediation.