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March 01, 2018

THIRD PARTY FUNDING DISCLOSURE ISSUES – AN ARBITRATOR PERSPECTIVE

Remarks presented by Marc J. Goldstein in the lecture program of AAA/ICDR practice moot in New York on February 23, 2018.   Introduction The CEO of a third-party funding firm in New York is an exceptionally capable attorney who was a colleague of mine at my former law firm. He was not just another colleague; we worked together on major international arbitration cases. One of them, as it happens, was a very early instance of the use of third-party funding — used by our client, and negotiated with the funder by a funding neophyte named Marc Goldstein, for a sizeable claim…
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February 05, 2018

Any Interest in Compounding?

Reflecting recently on the fact that the question of interest compounding has received essentially no attention in the submissions of the parties in nearly all of my recent cases, I set out to search the online universe for recent scholarship on the issue, and found rather little. Seminal treatments of the question, such as those by Professors Gotanda and Mann , date back more than a decade and in some instances much longer. Instances of commentaries from the investment arbitration community are the exception rather than the rule it seems (see for example Judge Brower’s article in collaboration with Jeremy…
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February 05, 2018

US Declaratory Judgments and the New York Convention

In a recent New York Convention award enforceability case in the federal district court in Washington D.C., the Court held that the interim Award of an Emergency Arbitrator in a Singapore-seated arbitration, to the extent it enjoined a party to the arbitration from speaking publicly or to American government authorities about the matters in dispute, was not subject to denial of recognition and enforcement in the United States under Article V(2)(b) of the Convention on the basis of its alleged conflict with the First Amendment of the US Constitution as an embodiment of fundamental US public policy. (Sharp Corp. v….
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January 09, 2018

Thinking About Arbitral ESI Retention Orders

In the United States, federal and state trial courts recognize a legal duty of a litigant to retain documents, a duty that comes into existence upon coming into possession of facts providing the party with actual or constructive notice of the reasonable possibility of litigation. The scope of the duty, i.e. the documents to which the duty applies, are those documents that would be subject to production under the court’s discovery rules in response to a (properly-framed and timely-presented) document request made by the adverse party. Documents potentially shielded from the obligation to produce them because they are covered by…
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January 09, 2018

Toward a Uniform Position on US Arbitral Subpoenas

American arbitration law in force since 1925 empowers arbitrators to issue subpoenas to non-parties. This power is found in Section 7 of the US Arbitration Act (FAA). This provision is essentially the only provision of the FAA that directly states a micro-level rule of procedure concerning how proceedings shall be conducted in  an arbitration involving interstate or international commerce. Therefore authoritative decisional law about the meaning of FAA Section 7 has considerable importance to the day-to-day work of arbitrators in domestic and international cases that are seated in the United States (or by agreement are governed by US arbitral procedural…
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November 01, 2017

Mediation for Catalonia and Spain?

In the past two days, the international news media following the Catalonia independence movement crisis have reported that the independence leader and deposed Catalonia President Carlos Puidgemont has arrived in Brussels, possibly eventually to seek asylum, conceivably to form a “government in exile,” perhaps only, and ostensibly, to secure assurances of fair judicial process for his potential criminal prosecution in Spain.  The New York Times reports that “Belgium is virtually the only national government in Europe that has been even remotely sympathetic to Mr. Puidgemont’s pleas for mediation, not least perhaps because the country has faced separatist tensions of its…
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