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United States Solicitor General: the convention is not preempted by the McCarran-Ferguson Act

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 24 2010

As our readers know, we have been following the developments in Louisiana Safety Association of Timbermen Self Insured Fund v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, et al., No. 09 945, a case under consideration for certiorari by the U.S. Supreme Court that concerns whether Article II of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, as implemented by Chapter 2 of the Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”), is an “Act of Congress” subject to the anti preemption provision of the McCarran Ferguson Act, 15 U.S.C. 1011, et seq

District court finds that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state statute barring out-of-state arbitrations

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 14 2010

In Binder v. Medicine Shoppe International, Inc., No. 09-14046 (E.D.Mich. 2010), a breach of contract dispute between the plaintiff (a franchisor) and the defendant (a franchisee) arose out of a Uniform Franchise Offering Circular and subsequent License Agreement (“Agreement”

Eighth Circuit rules on diversity jurisdiction for federal actions to compel arbitration

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • August 26 2010

A decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Northport Health Services of Arkansas, LLC v. Rutherford, No. 09-2433 (8th Cir. 2010), recently held that diversity of citizenship jurisdiction in the context of a motion to compel arbitration under 4 of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) can be determined by looking at the citizenship of the parties named in the proceedings before the district court, plus any indispensible parties who must be joined

Wisconsin court: “negligent misrepresentation” claims by molestation victims against archdiocese are not covered under CGL policy

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • December 28 2010

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently ruled that "negligent misrepresentation" claims against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee arising from alleged molestation by priests are not covered under the Archdiocese's CGL policy

Federal court finds that fraud claim is not arbitrable

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • August 4 2010

In a decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, AXA Versicherung AG v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., 05 Civ. 10180 (JSR) (S.D.N.Y. 2010), the court held that certain fraud claims were not a matter of contract interpretation and, therefore, not arbitrable under a provision in a facultative reinsurance agreement that provided for arbitration of disputes “arising out of the interpretation of this agreement.”

NLRB complaint asserts that employer’s social media policy violates federal labor law

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • December 13 2010

A recently-filed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint asserts that a company's social media policy, which forbids employees from engaging in certain activities on the Internet, violates federal labor law

Illinois federal court rules that reinsurer’s motion to vacate arbitration award is untimely under the Federal Arbitration Act

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • November 4 2010

R&Q Reinsurance Co. v. American Motorist Ins. Co., involved a dispute arising under a series of reinsurance treaties entered into by the parties

U.S. Supreme Court rules that court lacks the authority to determine whether an arbitration agreement is unconscionable

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 21 2010

In Rent-A-Center, West, Inc., v. Antonio Jackson, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether, under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), a federal court has the authority to address a party’s claim that an arbitration agreement is unconscionable, where the agreement explicitly delegates that decision to the arbitrator

Third Circuit revives limited portions of in re: insurance brokerage antitrust litigation (MDL 1663)

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • August 18 2010

Nearly three years after a federal district court dismissed with prejudice a nationwide class action alleging antitrust and RICO claims against insurers and brokers in connection with contingent commission arrangements, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a limited swath of plaintiffs' claims

Second Circuit determines party waived its right to arbitrate

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • December 13 2010

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling denying the motion of plaintiffs-appellants (collectively “LSED”) to compel arbitration of a dispute with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (“MLPFS”), finding that LSED waived its right to arbitrate by litigating the case for nearly a year before filing its motion