Scope of Arbitration

Citigroup, Inc. v. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Case No. 1:13-cv-06073 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Nov. 25, 2013) (dismissing action to enjoin arbitration; granting motion to compel arbitration; defense of res judicata based on prior confirmation of arbitration award is an issue for arbitration panel)


Lombardi v. Kahaly, Case No. 11-56752 (9th Cir. Dec. 2, 2013) (reversing denial of motion to compel arbitration of claims for injunctive relief under California Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act; following precedent holding that FAA preempts California unconscionability law and that “effective vindication” exception does not apply to state statutes; arbitration agreement not unconscionable for nonmutuality)

Lombardi v. Twyman, Case No. 10-56602 (9th Cir. Dec, 2, 2013) (reversing order that denied motion to compel arbitration based on unconscionability of class waiver arbitration provision; following Concepcion and American Express; arbitration agreement not substantively unconscionable for nonmutuality, nor procedurally unconscionable for alleged penalty for rejecting arbitration agreement)

Due Process

Staples v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Case No. 6:13-cv-00013 (USDC D. Mont. Oct. 28, 2013) (confirming FINRA award; finding proper service of process by FINRA; no corruption, fraud, undue means, or arbitrator bias, misconduct, or exceeding of powers)

Labor Disputes

Northern New England Telephone Operations LLC v. Local 2327, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL-CIO, Case Nos. 13-1167, 13-1186 (1st Cir. Nov. 12, 2013) (affirming confirmation of award and denial of Rule 11 costs and fees; panel did not exceed authority in LMRA arbitration by wrongfully adding/subtracting terms in interpreting the relevant collective bargaining agreement)

Reyco Granning LLC v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local Union No. 245, Case No. 13-1002 (8th Cir. Nov. 15, 2013) (reversing district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of union and confirming award on collective bargaining agreement; directing court to grant employer’s motion for summary judgment and vacate arbitration award; arbitrator exceeded authority by looking to contract negotiations to discern intent with respect to unambiguous contract language)

Concurrent Proceedings

Alstom Chile S.A. v. Mapfre Compania de Seguros Generales Chile S.A., Case No. 1:13-cv-02416 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Oct. 31, 2013) (compelling arbitration and permanently enjoining defendant from prosecuting related tort proceedings in Chile; holding that broad arbitration clause for all disputes “arising out of or relating to” agreement covered both breach of contract and tort claims; finding that failure to comply with requirement to negotiate dispute did not bar enforcement of arbitration provision)

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