Arbitration

Complaint Dismissed for Failure to Mediate First

“Mandatory mediation” may seem an oxymoron, since mediation is a process whereby parties seek to resolve their dispute in an elective process. But a federal court judge has held that a contract clause mandating mediation prior to litigation is to… Read More
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No Agreement to Arbitrate Arose from Browsewrap Agreement

Courts have enforced arbitration agreements arising from clickwrap agreements, even when the user has not bothered to read the fine print. A recent New Jersey appellate court has held, though, that mere reference to terms and conditions (including a… Read More
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Arbitration Demand Timely Despite Complicated Backdrop

Consider the project vendor situation: August 2010 – project complete August 2011 – warranty expires (but is extended by the vendor for a few more months) Throughout 2012 – continued problems with the equipment July 2013 – parties sign to… Read More
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Arbitrator Did Not Exceed His Authority, as Party Submitted the Issue to Him

One of the very few grounds to vacate an arbitration award is if the arbitrator exceeded his/her authority under the arbitration clause or pertinent contract. The First Circuit Court of Appeal has reminded one party, though: if you submit the issue t… Read More
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Does the Court or Arbitrator Determine Arbitrability? Once Again . . .

Calling this a “mind-bending” question that is “the queen of all threshold issues,” the Third Circuit Court of Appeal has held that this question is for the courts to decide, “unless the parties have clearly and unmistakably referred those… Read More
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A Condition Precedent is a Condition Precedent

Owner and contractor modified the A201 General Conditions to state that a decision by the Initial Decision Maker (presumably the architect) is a condition precedent to arbitration. When the contractor pursued arbitration against the owner for $919,85… Read More
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Enforceable Discovery in U.S. for Foreign “Tribunal” Does Not Include Private Arbitration

Federal law allows a party to seek discovery within the United States in aid of a “foreign or international tribunal.” Does ‘tribunal” mean or include a private arbitration proceeding? That was the issue recently reviewed and decided by a fed… Read More
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Agreement to Arbitrate Assignable, but Subject to Statute of Limitations

Construction of an apartment building was completed in 2005, under a contract with an arbitration clause. The building was sold in 2015, and the seller assigned its rights under the construction contract to the buyer. In 2018, one or more balconies o… Read More
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Is This a Forum Selection Clause, or Not?

Forum selection clauses have become commonplace in construction contracts. Most general contractors take steps to ensure that they can bring their subs into the same forum as the owner, should there be an owner dispute that involves the sub’s work.… Read More
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Payment Bond Surety Cannot Compel Subcontractor to Arbitrate

A Maryland federal court judge has reminded a payment bond surety that it cannot compel arbitration with the subcontractor making a claim under the bond. Baltimore Steel Erectors filed suit against Hanover, the payment bond surety for ARGO Systems on… Read More
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About Stan Martin

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Stan Martin holds a law degree and an undergraduate degree in architecture. He has been involved with the construction industry for more than 45 years, working in construction prior to law school and beginning his construction law practice. During his career, he has been actively involved with the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, the Boston Society of Architects, the American Arbitration Association, and the Massachusetts Building Congress.

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