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When Your Contract Includes an Arbitration Clause: Who Decides the Arbitrability of the Dispute?

When Your Contract Includes an Arbitration Clause: Who Decides the Arbitrability of the Dispute?

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Parties wishing to ensure resolution of “gateway” questions of arbitrability by a specific decision-maker –whether the court or arbitrator –should spell out their preference as clearly as possible in the arbitration clause, according to Williams Mullen.

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Fifth Circuit Overturns Arbitration Order Where Employer Failed to Countersign Agreement

Fifth Circuit Overturns Arbitration Order Where Employer Failed to Countersign Agreement

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a Texas federal court’s order compelling arbitration in a sexual harassment and discrimination case because one party failed to sign an agreement to arbitrate, reports Karl Bayer in the Disputing blog.

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Drafting the Arbitration Provision in Commercial Contracts: Back to Basic

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A good practice is for the arbitration clause to be detailed and to specify a variety of terms, advise John P. DiBlasi and Jacqueline I. Silvey in an article for National Arbitration and Mediation.

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An Arbitrator’s Power May Be Greater Than That of a Judge

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Although an arbitration agreement can be written (double-spaced) on one side of a cocktail napkin, in some cases it may grant greater authority to an arbitrator than a judge has, writes Narges Kakalia of Mintz Levin.

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Reducing the Cost of Arbitrating Large Complex Cases

Reducing the Cost of Arbitrating Large Complex Cases

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The Streamlined Three-Arbitrator Panel Option allows parties to utilize a single arbitrator for the preliminary and discovery stages of a case, the AAA explains.

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Benefits and Challenges of Robotized Arbitration

Benefits and Challenges of Robotized Arbitration

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Big data and e-discovery can assist counsel in document management and reduce the risk of human error during discovery, write Winston Maxwell and Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse of Hogan Lovells.

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Are Your Employees’ Electronically-Signed Agreements Enforceable?

Are Your Employees’ Electronically-Signed Agreements Enforceable?

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In several recent cases, employees have disputed that they electronically acknowledged an agreement with their employer,” writes Drew York for Gray Reed & McGraw.

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Gig Worker’s Hopes of Arguing Case in Court Are Dashed By Arbitration Agreement

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The April 25 decision is a solid win for gig employers and could provide a template for how other similar businesses should structure their own arbitration agreements, according to Fisher & Phillips LLP.

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Arbitrability Basics: An Illustration of the ‘Autonomy’ Principle

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When considering an arbitration clause in a contract, one must always bear in mind the “separability” or “independence” of the arbitration agreement &mdaqsh; the autonomy principle, writes Narges Kakalia for Mintz Levin.

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Do You Know Who Will Decide Whether Your Next Dispute Is Subject to Arbitration?

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In a client alert, Pepper Hamilton surveys the effects of incorporating an arbitration provider’s rules or common arbitration provisions on who determines questions of arbitrability.

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Dissecting Common Basic Arbitration Clauses – You Can Build a Better One

Dissecting Common Basic Arbitration Clauses – You Can Build a Better One

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All too often, parties to arbitration make agreements that leave the decisions on most of their options to others or to chance, warns Daniel Pascucci for Mintz Levin..

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Supreme Court to Clarify Applicability of Arbitration Act to Transportation Contracts

Supreme Court to Clarify Applicability of Arbitration Act to Transportation Contracts

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The case will be important for in-house and private transactional attorneys who draft contracts with transportation sector independent contractors, as well as litigators handling employee misclassification cases, according to Holland & Knight.

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Long-Running Construction Defect Fight in Texas Ends With Defense Win

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A decade-long construction defect battle involving a South Padre Island, Texas, luxury condominium complex damaged during Hurricane Dolly has been resolved in a take-nothing defense win secured by attorneys of the West Mermis law firm for the general contractor.

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Claim of Fraudulent Inducement of a Construction Contract Does Not Invalidate Arbitration Clause

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Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Constructlaw blog discusses an Ohio case in which a plaintiff sued a building company and attempted to have the arbitration clause in a construction contract declared unenforceable.

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Sexual Harassment Roundtable: Practical Guidance for Employers

Webinar, March 1, 2018, 1 p.m. EST
Sexual harassment continues to be a significant workplace problem that has moved front and center with continuing prime-time media coverage.

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‘Home Country’ Arbitration Clause More Trouble Than It’s Worth?

‘Home Country’ Arbitration Clause More Trouble Than It’s Worth?

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The “home country” provision provides that the party initiating arbitration must sue the other party in its home country, explains a post by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

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On Remand, District Court Breaks New Ground by Vacating Arbitrator’s Class Certification Award

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A federal district court has the authority to vacate an arbitrator’s class certification award based on the due process rights of absent class members, according to a post on the website of K&L Gates.

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Employer’s Notice of Mandatory Arbitration Program May Be Insufficient to Compel Arbitration

Employer’s Notice of Mandatory Arbitration Program May Be Insufficient to Compel Arbitration

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Something more is required in order to be able to infer the employee’s knowing assent to the new term of employment, the Sixth Circuit ruled.

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SEC Weighs a Big Gift to Companies: Blocking Investor Lawsuits

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Bloomberg is reporting that the SEC has privately signaled that it’s open to at least considering whether companies should be able to force investors to settle disputes through arbitration.

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The Ten Arbitration Trends Of 2017

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Liz Kramer, writing in Stinson Leonard Street’s Arbitration Nation blog, provides a rundown of the top 10 developments in arbitration law during the past year.

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