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District court finds that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state statute barring out-of-state arbitrations
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • 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”


Federal court finds that the proper venue for a motion to confirm an arbitration award is the district in which the hearing was held, not where the award was signed
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 15 2010

NGC Network Asia, LLC (“NGC”) and Pacific Group International, Inc. (“PAC”) were parties to an arbitration held in New York


New York state court decision raises issues concerning the drafting of arbitration clauses
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 20 2010

By Design, LLC terminated the employment of Oded Nachmani, who claimed he was wrongfully dismissed in violation of his employment contract and certain discrimination laws


Eighth Circuit rules on diversity jurisdiction for federal actions to compel arbitration
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • 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


Massachusetts federal court addresses manifest disregard of the law standard, finds that panel’s decision to limit discovery and witness testimony did not provide a basis to vacate award
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 21 2011

In OneBeacon America Insurance Co. v. Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation, 09-CV-11495-PBS (D.Mass. December 23, 2010), a motion was brought by petitioner OneBeacon to vacate an arbitration award on the basis that the arbitrators were guilty of misconduct for refusing to permit necessary discovery and hear certain evidence


Ninth Circuit reverses district court’s vacatur of arbitration award
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 5 2010

Zev Lagstein, M.D. filed a claim for benefits under a disability policy issued by Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London (“Lloyd’s”) after he developed heart disease and other ailments


Federal court finds that fraud claim is not arbitrable
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • 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.”


U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear dispute concerning preemptive effect of New York Convention on state law barring arbitration
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 29 2010

In a case we have been following on www.insurereinsure.com, Louisiana Safety Association of Timbermen Self Insured Fund v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari to hear a dispute between an insurance pool and its reinsurer concerning whether the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the "New York Convention") preempts a Louisiana statute that bars enforcement of arbitration agreements in insurance or reinsurance contracts


United States Solicitor General: the convention is not preempted by the McCarran-Ferguson Act
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • 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


U.S. Supreme Court: ratification issue to be determined by judiciary, despite federal policy favoring arbitration of disputes
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 23 2010

In Granite Rock Co. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters et al., No. 08-1214 (2010) -- the United States Supreme Court held -- by a vote of seven to two -- that the issue of when and whether an arbitration agreement was ratified falls within the exclusive purview of the court, and not the arbitrator, if that determination concerns whether the parties’ intent was to submit the dispute at issue to arbitration