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International Litigation & Arbitration: April 2018 Archives

Enforcement of International Arbitration Agreements Belongs in Federal Court

In the United States, the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA") provides the rules that govern most arbitrations, and is binding on both state and federal courts.  See 9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.  But the FAA is "something of an anomaly" in federal legislation as it "bestow[s] no federal jurisdiction."  Hall St. Assocs., L.L.C. v. Mattel, Inc., 552 U.S. 576, 582 (2008).  So motions to compel arbitration or enforcement proceedings must be brought in state courts unless there is some independent basis to assert jurisdiction (such as federal diversity jurisdiction).

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