Marc J. Goldstein Arbitrator & Mediator NYC

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May 29, 2013

Enforcement of Interim and Partial Awards: Emerging Coherence in US Law?

Modern institutional arbitration rules encourage international arbitrators to address complex disputes surgically, by issuing partial and interim awards to prioritize solving the most difficult and contentious issues.  But American arbitration law offers arbitrators little helpful guidance about when their non-final awards may be confirmed or vacated.  And counsel in arbitrations seated in the US must do some educated guesswork as they try to fashion effective arbitration strategies with an eye toward judicial review . This is especially so as regards interim measures of protection, as the option of obtaining relief from the arbitral tribunal may be unattractive if the measures…
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May 16, 2013

Vacatur of Convention Awards in U.S. Courts: Fresh Cases and Fresh Thoughts

One of the larger waves crashing on the shores of international arbitration as the result of the Restatement (Third) of the Law of International Arbitration is the position — clearly restating existing law — that the grounds stated in Article V of the New York Convention for refusal of recognition of an award should be the exclusive grounds for U.S. judicial annulment of an award made in the U.S. — notably to the exclusion of the doctrine of manifest disregard of the law, and, for that matter, all of the grounds in FAA Section 10. (This is Section 4-11 of…
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May 12, 2013

Section 1782 and The Tribunal’s Control of the Procedure: Some Recent Experience

Sometimes obscured in the conversation over whether Section 1782 of the U.S. Judiciary Law even applies to private international commercial arbitration is the question of whether such judicially-enabled discovery offends core values of international arbitration —  intruding upon the arbitrators’ control over the proceedings, and tilting an initially level evidence-gathering playing field in favor of the party that benefits most from evidence located in the United States. A successful ex parte Section 1782 application before a New Jersey U.S. District Court in November 2012 provides a useful point of entry to examine this question. (In re Mesa Power Group, LLC,…
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April 30, 2013

May Recognition of An Award Be Revoked Based on Post-Judgment Annulment at the Seat?

Today’s topic is the power of a US District Court, if any, to reconsider its recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award governed by the New York Convention when, after giving a judgment confirming the award here in the U.S., the award is vacated by a competent court at the foreign seat of the arbitration. And if such power exists, when should it be exercised? To set the stage, suppose the award creditor seeks confirmation in the US, and the award debtor opts at that stage not to commence vacatur (annulment) proceedings at the seat and not to request…
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April 22, 2013

Arbitral Power to Rewrite the Contract: Has the Fifth Circuit Overextended Judicial Deference?

Does an arbitrator exceed her powers when, as a remedy for fraud in the inducement of a limited-duration intellectual property license, she modifies the contract “as a matter of law” to provide the licensor with a perpetual royalty-free license? The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing a Texas district court’s vacatur order, held that the arbitrator’s award should stand. (Timegate Studios, Inc. v. Southpeak Interactive, L.L.C., 2013 WL 1437710 (5th Cir. April 9, 2013)). Even though the question presented was whether the arbitrator could rewrite the contract as a fraud remedy, the Court held that the relevant legal test…
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April 22, 2013

Forum Non After Figueiredo: A Pragmatic Approach May Avoid the Difficulty

Evidently undaunted by the Second Circuit’s dismissal of an award confirmation case on grounds of forum non conveniens (Figueiredo Ferraz E Engharia de Projeta Ltda. v. Republic of Peru, 665 F.3d 384 (2d Cir. 2011)) — or at least convinced of the Figueiredo panel majority’s idiosyncratic take on the “public interest” factor in forum non analysis — a federal district judge in New York recently denied a forum non conveniens motion to dismiss a confirmation action between Antiguan parties on both sides, arising from an arbitration that took place in Puerto Rico. (Leeward Constr.  Co. v. American Univ. of Antigua, …
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