The standard that courts should apply in deciding whether to vacate an arbitration award based on arbitrator conflicts of interest is drawing increased focus in appeals to the United States

Continue Reading Another Petition to U.S. Supreme Court Seeks Review of the Standard Governing the Vacatur of Arbitration Awards Based on Arbitrator Conflicts of Interests

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide an issue concerning cases that are subject to arbitration that has divided the federal appeals courts:  when the claims at issue in

Continue Reading U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Federal Courts Have Authority to Dismiss, Rather than Stay, Cases that Are Subject to Arbitration

In our recent post, we have discussed the split in the federal appeals courts over whether a private international arbitration constitutes a “foreign or international tribunal” within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 1782(a), which authorizes U.S. district courts to provide assistance to foreign or international tribunals by ordering discovery of persons in the district.

On September 22, 2020, in Servotronics, Inc. v. Rolls-Royce PLC et al., No 19-1847, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit joined the Second and Fifth Circuits in holding that 28 USC § 1782(a) does not apply to private international arbitration.  As we have previously discussed, the Sixth and Fourth Circuits both recently ruled that section 1782 may be invoked to seek discovery in aid of private foreign or international commercial arbitrations. 
Continue Reading The Seventh Circuit Joins the Second and Fifth Circuits in Holding That 28 USC § 1782(a) Does Not Apply to Private International Arbitration