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The U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing a case with multiple arbitration issues, leaving open the possibility that another hot ADR case could be decided by the nation's top Court later in this current 2010-2011 term..
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The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law this week released its long awaited revised arbitration rules. Though the revisions alter neither the style nor the structure of the 1976 version, they make significant changes in several respects.
The Alabama Supreme Court this spring rejected “manifest disregard of the law” as an independent standard of review for arbitration awards in Volvo Trucks North America Inc. v. Dolphin Line Inc., Nos. 1081277, 1081713, 2010 WL 1641017 (Apr. 23, 2010). The unanimous opinion follows the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Hall Street Associates LLC v. Mattel Inc., 552 U.S. 576 (2008).
Now, parties to old contracts silent on class action arbitration needn’t fear that an arbitral panel will launch a class proceeding. Today’s decision in Stolt-Nielsen S.A. et al. v. AnimalFeeds Int’l Corp., No. 08-1198, is unequivocal: class action arbitration cannot be imposed. But how far does that go? Class arbitration was not eliminated in Justice Alito's opinion today.
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