• Posts by Michael D. Morfey
    Posts by Michael D. Morfey

    Michael is co-lead of the firm’s energy litigation practice and handles high-stakes commercial litigation, with an emphasis on energy, real estate, eminent domain, and construction matters. Whether prosecuting or defending ...

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On Monday, the US Supreme Court agreed to consider whether a provision in an arbitration agreement that exempts certain claims from arbitration negates an otherwise clear and unmistakable delegation of questions of arbitrability to an arbitrator. It is a question on which circuits have been divided. On one hand, some courts have found that the gateway question of arbitrability—whether the claims fall within the scope of the carve-out provision—is for the arbitrator to decide. On the other, some courts have found that, where there is a carve-out provision, there is no clear and unmistakable evidence of the parties’ intent to delegate questions of arbitrability to an arbitrator, and questions of arbitrability are to be decided by the court. Undoubtedly, resolution is necessary.


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