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Provider and Arbitrator Immunity for Acting in Their Official Capacities

Once parties have voluntarily agreed to resolve their disputes by arbitration courts have no authority to intervene in the proceeding and only a limited role at the end of the process to determine whether it was tainted in some manner prejudicial to the losing party, and if there is neither taint nor unfairness to confirm […]

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Architectural Underpinning: Consequences of Violating Provider Rules

First Published in the New York State Bar Association ADR Section Journal, New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, May 2016 No arbitration decision is complete without the court acknowledging that public policy favors this form of dispute resolution.1 The goal finds particular expression in judges’ restraint from second-guessing arbitrators’ awards.2 The U.S. Supreme Court has held […]

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Choice of Law: Characterization of Facts Determines the Outcome

Published on the Resolution Roundtable Blog, sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association, October 7, 2014. Although there may be no disagreement about the facts, what law applies often depends on how the facts are characterized. An illustration of how characterization of facts determine the outcome is seen in […]

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Arbitrators Acting Within and Exceeding Their Powers

First published on the New York Bar Association, ADR Section website July 15, 2014 Finding that an arbitrator has exceeded his or her powers is exceedingly rare. An arbitrator’s interpretation of the parties’ contract prevails even if there is “arguably a better [one].” American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO v. United States Postal Service, __ F.3d […]

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Need for Precise Language in Drafting Arbitration Clauses

Need for Precise Language in Drafting Arbitration Clauses first appeared on the New York State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, “Roundtable” June 24, 2013 Parties elect arbitration but tend not to craft their language in drafting arbitration clauses. This is a common mistake as parties learn from court decision. Case law instructs just how important […]

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