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Federal Judge Defers Issue Of Whether Insurer's Duty To Defend Sandusky Is Void

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania federal chief judge on June 4 deferred the question of whether an insurer's duty to provide a legal defense to alleged child molester Gerald A. Sandusky is void as against Pennsylvania public policy, denying the insurer's ...read more

11th Circuit Affirms Ruling Compelling Arbitration Of Cruise Worker's Claims

ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 12 rejected a cruise line worker's arguments that an arbitration clause in his employment contract was invalid as against public policy, affirming a Florida federal court's decision to compel ...read more

Public Policy Must Be Considered Before Clause Is Invalidated, Panel Says

ST. LOUIS - The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 27 determined that a district court erred in failing to consider whether the State of Missouri's public policy against the enforcement of mandatory arbitration provisions is sufficient to ...read more

7th Circuit: Dismissal Of Debt Collection Suit Was Correct

CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 5 affirmed a federal court's dismissal of a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) suit, agreeing with the underlying decision that the assignment of claims against a collection agency ...read more

2nd Circuit Affirms Confirmation Of $41 Million Arbitration Award

NEW YORK - After finding that an international arbitration award was not contrary to New York public policy, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 6 affirmed a federal court's decision to confirm the award ( Agility Public Warehousing ...read more

Supreme Court Will Not Review Withdrawal Liability Indemnification Term

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 1 denied review of a union's petition asking the court to consider whether the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred by ruling that a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) provision that requires ...read more

Federal Judge Confirms International Arbitration Award For Canadian Companies

SEATTLE - A Washington federal judge on Oct. 18 granted a petition to confirm an international arbitration award issued in favor of Canadian corporations in a dispute over a purchase agreement for the rights associated with certain fire retardant chemicals ...read more

Court Finds Cleaning Company's Mold Disclaimer Was Not Unconscionable

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A West Virginia court on April 26 affirmed a ruling in favor of a cleaning company that was hired to restore a house damaged by sewer backup, finding that a disclaimer issued by the company excluding liability for mold growth was not ...read more