Third Circuit Rules Samsung Cannot Compel Arbitration

In Noble v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the plaintiff, after purchasing a smartwatch that advertised “24 to 48 hours with typical use,” found that the device’s batter only lasted for a few hours. When he determined that other customers were experiencing the same issue, he filed a class action complaint in federal court. Samsung then sought to compel arbitration based on a clause in the “Health and Safety and Warranty Guide,” which is included in every box when purchased.

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We spend $100 billion on policing. We have no idea what works.

Watching the debate in this country over public safety, you’d think some people wish to live securely, while others welcome Armageddon. Conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly recently went after “liberal politicians” in Chicago and San Francisco, noting crime in those cities and saying, “The situation is out of control and a disgrace, and that’s what happens when incompetent politicians demand the police stop enforcing laws.”

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English Court of Appeal Clarifies Test for Abuse of Process in Subsequent Litigation Collaterally Challenging an Arbitral Award

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The English Court of Appeal in Michael Wilson & Partners v. Sinclair [2017] EWCA Civ 3 has clarified that a subsequent litigation is not an abuse of process for being a collateral attack against a previous arbitral award, where the respondent to the litigation was not a party to the earlier arbitration. The case reiterates that non-parties to an arbitral award are not bound by it, but in so doing are exposed to the risk of being separately sued in court.

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Does the Show Stop For Appeal After a Court Compels Arbitration? The Federal Circuit Courts Are Split

Under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq., if a District Court compels arbitration of all of the claims that are before it, and thereupon dismisses the suit, its order compelling arbitration is final and appealable; but if the District Court stays the suit, its order compelling arbitration is “non-final” and not immediately appealable. So what’s a right and proper court to do?

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