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Newly-Discovered Evidence in Post-Award Proceedings

Dear Readers: A recent commentary by Dr. Georg von Segesser of Schnellenburg Wittmer, Zurich, posted on the Kluwer Arbitration Blog (www.kluwerarbitrationblog.com) discusses a recent Swiss Federal Supreme Court case in which the Court denied a motion to vacate an award based on new evidence presented to the Court on an issue of fact determined by […]

Hall Street and the Problem of Post-Award Litigation — Conference Paper for ABA Business Law Section Panel, Chicago, August 2, 2009

Hall Street v. Mattel, and the Problem of Post-Award Litigation By Marc J. Goldstein Sixteen months after the Supreme Court’s decision in Hall Street Assocs. v. Mattel, Inc., 128 S. Ct. 1396 (2008), and despite the rivers of “ink” that have flowed in commentary on the implications of the decision, one may seriously ask whether […]

Replacement of the Deceased or Disabled Arbitrator

The death or health-related resignation of an arbitrator during the course of the proceedings is a vexing problem that admits of no easy or fully satisfactory solution. If proceedings have been extensive in a complex case, the substitute arbitrator may never fully “catch up,” and may never fully gain the parties’ confidence that he or […]

Judicial Power to Change the Place of Arbitration?

The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, acting in a long-running contract dispute between an American shipbuilder and the Republic of Venezuela, has held that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) might permit a District Court, in proper circumstances and with sufficient statement of justification, to compel arbitration at a place of arbitration other than the […]

U.S. “Public Policy” As Basis to Nullify Arbitration Agreement: Beyond the Bounds of Mitsubishi?

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has held that an arbitration agreement between a foreign seaman and his U.S. employer, proving for arbitration outside the U.S. under foreign law, was null and void becuase it prospectively waived the seaman’s rights under the federal Seamen’s Wage Act. Thomas v. Carnival Corp., 2009 […]

Judicial Discovery Assistance for Foreign Arbitrations

With at least some United States district courts willing to consider discovery assistance to foreign arbitral tribunals, developments in the law concerning such discovery are of considerable interest. Some recent U. S. cases deserve mention. In Marubeni Am. Corp. v LBA Y.K., 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 12953 (2d Cir. June 19, 2009), the federal appeals […]