El asegurado no puede imponer un arbitraje en las pólizas de defensa jurídica


Tribunal Constitucional España2018 | Abril 20
El Tribunal Constitucional (TC) ha anulado un precepto de la ley de contrato de seguro que facultaba al asegurado a someter a arbitraje cualquier diferencia sobre el contrato que pueda surgir entre él y la compañía en el ámbito del seguro de defensa jurídica. El artículo anulado disponía: “el asegurado tendrá derecho a someter a arbitraje cualquier diferencia que pueda surgir entre él y el asegurador sobre el contrato de seguro”.
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Providing For De Novo Review of Award Can Invalidate The Arbitration Agreement

US Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit2018 | Febrero 26
A recent decision from the 10th Circuit shows there is a whole new way to invalidate an arbitration agreement. In Citizen Potawatomi Nation v. Oklahoma, 2018 WL 718606 (10th Cir. Feb. 6, 2018), the court found the arbitration agreement unenforceable because the parties provided for de novo review of any arbitration award in federal court, which is prohibited under the Hall Street decision from SCOTUS in 2008.
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El TC anula el arbitraje imperativo para resolver conflictos en seguros de defensa jurídica

Tribunal Constitucional España2018 | Febrero 7
La mañana del 7 de febrero se hacía pública la sentencia 1/2018 del Tribunal Constitucional en la que declaraba la inconstitucionalidad de uno de los artículos de la Ley 50/1980, sobre el contrato de seguro de defensa jurídica.

Concretamente, la sentencia declara nulo el artículo 76 e) de la citada ley, tras estimar la cuestión de inconstitucionalidad planteada por el Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Cataluña (TSJC) en octubre de 2015.
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Los árbitros ya dictan laudos contra la banca en swaps de renovables

Energía Eólica Renovable2017 | Octubre 10
El Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Madrid ha anulado varios laudos por vulnerar el orden público económico.

Cambio de criterio en los laudos dictados por árbitros de la Cámara de Comercio de Madrid respecto a los swaps de las renovables. Dueños de fotovoltaicas y parques eólicos que consideran que sufren daños económicos por sus swaps están recibiendo laudos favorables después de años de dictámenes en contra.
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US Supreme Court Invalidates State Rule That Disfavored Arbitration

Tribunal Supremo EEUU2017 | Agosto 21
The US Supreme Court invalidated a state court rule that had held unenforceable arbitration agreements entered into under broad powers of attorney whenever the powers of attorney did not expressly entitle the representative to enter into an arbitration agreement.
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España: El juez tiene competencia para enjuiciar un convenio de arbitraje

Jurisprudencia2017 | Julio 7
Según sentencia de la Sala de lo Civil del Tribunal Supremo sobre la competencia para enjuiciar un convenio de arbitraje ante la alegación de falta de jurisdicción, corresponde al órgano judicial realizar, sin restricciones, un enjuiciamiento completo sobre la validez, eficacia y aplicabilidad del convenio arbitral. Sigue leyendo

California Supreme Court: Arbitration Agreements Must Permit Public Injunctive Relief

Tribunal Supremo California2017 | Abril 10
In a long-awaited decision, the California Supreme Court has declined to enforce an arbitration agreement due to a provision allegedly waiving plaintiff’s ability to seek “public injunctive relief” under California’s consumer protection statutes. The court’s rationale seems contrary, if not openly hostile, to the recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent enforcing such agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA).
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Arbitration Agreement Included in Samsung Product Manual Is Unenforceable, Third Circuit Rules

Unites States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit2017 | Marzo 3
An arbitration provision for Samsung Galaxy S smartwatches is nonenforceable in a class action claiming the company exaggerated the product’s battery life, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled.

A stipulation mandating binding arbitration, printed on page 97 of a 143-page product manual, is not a valid contractual term because the court could not presume that consumers read or had notice of the terms, the court ruled Friday in Noble v. Samsung Electronics America. The appeals court affirmed a ruling by a federal judge in Newark that held the arbitration provision nonbinding.
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U.S. Supreme Court questions validity of arbitration agreements for nursing homes

Tribunal Supremo EEUU2017 | Febrero 23
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the validity of arbitration agreements used by nursing homes in a case involving Kindred Healthcare.

The justices recently ruled in favor of arbitration agreements in two separate cases but they appeared to take a more critical approach to the practice when questioning Andrew Pincus, a lawyer representing Kindred Healthcare.
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8th Circuit Expands Arbitral Immunity Doctrine

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit2017 | Enero 11
A per curiam opinion from the 8th Circuit last week highlights that even if an arbitration goes off the rails, the only remedy is vacating (or confirming) the award.  The parties cannot recover from the administrator of the arbitration.
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Delhi High Court interprets applicability of amendments to Arbitration Act

Jurisprudencia India2017 | Enero 8
The changes made in 2015 to the Arbitration Act, under which there is no automatic stay on an award being challenged, would not apply if they affect enforceability of an award in proceedings which commenced before the amendment came into effect on October 23, 2015, the Delhi High Court has said.
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Sixth Circuit Affirms Ohio Federal Court’s Ruling Denying Motion To Compel Arbitration Because Arbitration Clause In An Expired And Disputed Contract Was Not Enforceable

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit2017 | Enero 3
The Sixth Circuit, in reviewing the Ohio district court’s refusal to compel arbitration de novo, noted that an arbitration clause survives the expiration of a contract only when the dispute at issue “arises under the contract,” which occurs in two circumstances relevant to the current dispute. First, the Court stated that a dispute arises under the contract when a “majority of the material facts and occurrences” giving rise to the dispute occurred prior to the expiration of the contract at issue.
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Austrian Supreme Court Establishes New Standards as Regards the Decisive Underlying Reasoning of Arbitral Awards

Jurisprudencia2017 | Enero 2
The decisive underlying reasoning (motifs, Begründung) is, without doubt, an essential part of any arbitral award and as such bears the potential of frustrating parties and arbitrators alike. On the one hand, elaborate reasoning in arbitral awards more often than not comes at the price of long waiting periods for the issuance of the awards, and periods of meticulous drafting on the part of the arbitrator(s). On the other hand, a lack of elaborate reasoning may likewise be a headache, since it exposes the arbitral award to setting aside.
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Enforcement of arbitration rulings faces challenge in Asia

Jurisprudencia2016 | Diciembre 28
A dispute between a European group and its partner in Thailand about arbitration rulings is raising doubts about investor safeguards in Asian countries where such awards are being challenged.
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Annulment of international arbitral award: the French Conseil d’Etat makes first foray into the fiefdom of the civil Cassation Court

Consejo de Estado, Francia2016 | Diciembre 23
On 9 November 2016 and for the first time, the French State Council (Conseil d’Etat) set aside an international arbitral award. The award related to a public contract performed in France. The award was partially set aside on the ground that the arbitral tribunal failed to apply a mandatory rule of domestic French public law.
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Two Tier Arbitration Procedure Permissible Under The Laws Of India: SC

Jurisprudencia India2016 | Diciembre 16
In a landmark judgment accepting the concept of ‘two tier arbitration’ or ‘second instance arbitration’, a three judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justices Madan B. Lokur, R.K Agrawal and D.Y Chandrachud answering a reference made in 2006 due to divergence of opinions between Justice S.B.Sinha and Tarun Chatterjee, held that arbitration clauses which provide for a two- step arbitration process are valid under Indian arbitral jurisprudence.
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Singapore Court confirms validity of asymmetric arbitration agreements

Jurisprudencia2016 | Noviembre 30
The Singapore High Court in Dyna-Jet Pte Ltd v Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 238 recently confirmed that a dispute-resolution agreement constituted a valid arbitration agreement, even if it only granted one party the right to elect to arbitrate a dispute.
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Supreme Court Got It Right in Affirming Arbitration Award

Tribunales Connecticut2016 | Noviembre 30
The vexing problem of defining “public policy” in labor arbitration cases is becoming less vexing. As you may recall from our previous opinion on this matter, one basis for which an arbitration award may be overturned by the courts is for violating public policy. These cases become press-worthy when public sector employees are involved.
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Expert report binds parties in boundary dispute despite error

Jurisprudencia2016 | Noviembre 30
A boundary award made by a jointly commissioned expert has been upheld despite it being mistaken, the High Court has ruled.

Handing down judgment in the Queen’s Bench Division earlier this month, Mrs Justice Lang agreed with the decision of His Honour Judge Simpkiss that ‘neither party could appeal against an award merely on the basis it was mistaken’ under the law on expert determinations.
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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear tobacco arbitration dispute

Tabaco2016 | Octubre 11
An arbitration panel found that six states, including Pennsylvania and Maryland, had not met their side of the bargain to ensure, as required, that companies that were part of the settlement did not disproportionately lose market share as a result of the terms of the deal to competitors that shunned it.
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Tribunal de Arbitraje Deportivo reduce suspensión de Sharapova

Deporte2016 | Octubre 4
Maria Sharapova podrá volver a las canchas de tenis en abril después que su sanción por dopaje fue reducida a 15 meses este martes por un tribunal deportivo que determinó que la estrella rusa no tuvo “mucha culpa” por su resultado positivo.
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English court upholds arbitrator’s decision to award claimant the costs of third party funding

Third party funding2016 | Octubre 3
The English court has refused a challenge under s68(2)(b) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (theAct) and held that a sole arbitrator did not exceed his powers in including the costs of third party funding within a costs award.
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Hong Kong Court orders stay to arbitration pursuant to proper steps of escalation clause for dispute resolution

Jurisprudencia2016 | Septiembre 20
In William Lim and Another v. Hung Ka Hai Clement and Others [2016] HKCFI 1439; HCA 1282/2016 (24 August 2016), the Hong Kong Court of First Instance ordered a stay of court proceedings and referred an ongoing dispute to arbitration pursuant to s 20 (1) of the Arbitration Ordinance (Cap 609). The Court found that it had no jurisdiction when an action brought before it is one which is the subject of an arbitration agreement.
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Costs of raising third party funding to pursue claims in arbitration can be recovered, says High Court

Third party funding2016 | Septiembre 20
Businesses can recover third party funding they have raised to pursue arbitration claims seated in England from the companies they litigate against, the High Court in London has ruled.
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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – PRC Court refuses to enforce an ICC award on the ground of public policy

ICC2016 | Septiembre 20
In Wicor Holding A.G. v. Taizhou Haopu Investments Limited (Civil Action (2015) Tai Zhong Shang Zhong Shen Zi No. 00004), the Taizhou Intermediate People’s Court refused to enforce an ICC award on the ground of public policy.
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