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Tag Archives: Arbitration

Non-arbitrable claims stayed pending arbitration (access required)

The parties’ dispute involves alleged unpaid invoices. The court previously granted defendants’ motion to compel arbitration on one count of a multi-count complaint. The defendant then moved to refer the case to arbitration or to stay the remaining claims. The ...

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WDVA: Court strikes “faux counterclaims” against non-parties (access required)

In trade-secret litigation concerning a disputed international patent for a sugar substitute, a defendant’s attempt to “join” related counter-defendants was procedurally improper under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 13(h). Background Sugar tastes good. But it’s unhealthy. So companies and scientists ...

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WDVA: Ex-employer must arbitrate breach-of-contract claims (access required)

In bringing breach-of-contract and -fiduciary-duty claims against a former employee who took a job with a competitor, an insurance company will be held to the arbitration clause contained in its agent agreement. Background In 2009, Defendant Ryan Gillenwater became an ...

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4th Cir.: No appellate jurisdiction after voluntary dismissal (access required)

The court lacked authority to review, on the plaintiff’s appeal, a dismissal order that simply granted a putative class-action plaintiff’s request for voluntary dismissal. Background Appellant Erin Keena purchased a voucher from Appellee Groupon Inc. In the course of the ...

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4th Cir.: Arbitrator’s decision mooted injunction appeal (access required)

An employer enjoined from moving its operations could no longer pursue its appeal after an arbitrator’s final decision. The matter was moot, despite the employer’s intention to seek attorneys’ fees. Background Appellant Airgas Inc. operates a facility in Hyattsville, Maryland, ...

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4th Cir.: Decision reserving judgment was not “final” (access required)

A written decision resulting from the parties’ agreed-upon dispute-resolution process was not a “final” decision under the Federal Arbitration Act because it reserved the decision-maker’s right – without time limitation – to change the decision if its underlying assumptions proved ...

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Arbitrability – JAMS Rules – Arbitrator’s Decision – First Impression (access required)

Where the arbitration clause of the parties’ contract says arbitration is to “be administered pursuant to the JAMS Comprehensive Rules and Procedures,” and where those rules provide that arbitrability disputes are to be decided by the arbitrator, then the arbitration ...

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Pedestrian struck in crosswalk, contrib was issue – $100,000 Arbitration Award (access required)

Plaintiff was seriously injured when he was crossing a busy intersection and struck by the defendant motorist. Following the collision, the defendant told the investigating police officer that he had a red traffic signal as he approached the intersection, came ...

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Plaintiff suffered spinal injuries in rear-ender in Fairfax – $60,000 Arbitration Award (access required)

Plaintiff is a 55-year-old female who was the driver of a stopped vehicle heading west on Route 50/Lee Jackson Highway in Fairfax on March 22, 2014. The defendant, while in the scope of his employment with a local car dealership, ...

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