The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed the denial of a motion to compel arbitration after concluding, contrary to the district court’s decision, that a “sign-in wrap agreement” provided conspicuous notice of terms and that an arbitration clause in the terms was therefore enforceable.
Warners Bros. Entertainment Inc. developed Game of Thrones: Conquest, a

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has rejected an argument that opting out of arbitration clauses precluded arbitration under prior arbitration agreements in a dispute between Uber drivers and Uber.
A group of Illinois Uber drivers sued Uber under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois law claiming that Uber misclassified

In Michigan AFSCME Council 25 v. County of Wayne, the Supreme Court of Michigan declined an application filed by Michigan AFSCME Council 25 and Affiliated Local 101 for leave to appeal a judgment of the circuit court and court of appeals vacating an arbitrator’s decision regarding an employment-related dispute. The court’s order was limited to

National Golf Management LLC sold 13 golf courses to a buyer represented by broker Andrew Waldo. NGM was represented in a previous transaction by Michael Cousins. Although Cousins had no written representation agreement with any of the parties involved in the 13-golf course deal, he and his real estate brokerage company sued Waldo, Waldo’s company,

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a district court’s decision to deny a motion to compel arbitration in a case involving a request to refund the cost of airline tickets after a cancellation.
Winifredo and Macaria Herrera purchased airline tickets on Cathay Pacific flights through a third-party booking website, ASAP Tickets. ASAP’s terms

In Huzhou Chuangtai Rongyuan Investment Management Partnership v. Qin, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court order granting summary judgment confirming a Chinese arbitration award totaling approximately $450 million, rejecting Respondent/Appellant’s contention that he was not provided with adequate notice of the underlying arbitration.
The underlying arbitration involved a contract dispute between

In Housing & Redevelopment Insurance Exchange v. Guy Carpenter & Co., a Pennsylvania federal court considered the enforceability of a forum selection clause in a services agreement between Pennsylvania-based insurer Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange (HARIE) and its reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter. In that case, the parties entered into an agreement establishing Guy Carpenter as

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently dismissed certain claims brought by a reinsurer related to its efforts to audit an insurer’s broker.
Antares Reinsurance Co. reinsured United Specialty Insurance Co. United Specialty contracted with National Transportation Associates (NTA) to sell United Specialty policies on commission. Antares sought to audit NTA

In Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. v. Raab, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals considered the preclusive effect of a state trial court decision as it related to the arbitrability of the parties’ dispute under the Federal Arbitration Act.
As the trial court relayed, the underlying dispute involved beauty products marketer Nu Skin Enterprises and several

The U.S. Tax Court recently upheld a determination by the IRS that premium payments to certain microcaptives could not be deducted for tax purposes because the premium payments were not actually for “insurance.”
Dr. Sunil S. Patel, who operated an eye surgery center and two research centers, supplemented his businesses’ commercial insurance by purchasing policies