Issues of arbitral procedure belong to arbitrators, not courts. In 2002, the Supreme Court's opinion in Howsam identified as exceptions to this rule only two, "gateway" issues of arbitrability: "whether the parties are bound by a given arbitration clause" and "whether an arbitration clause in a concededly binding contract applies to a particular type of controversy." In all nine of its subsequent decisions related to arbitration and the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA"), the Supreme Court has consistently maintained the strong federal policy favoring arbitration and the restricted nature of judicial involvement in and review of arbitral awards. Likewise, federal courts of appeal have uniformly rejected invitations to intrude into pending arbitrations, including attempts to disqualify sitting arbitrators. Against this body of law stands a recent decision in which a federal district court interrupted a pending arbitration, over four years after its commencement and shortly before the hearing on the merits, to decide an issue of arbitral procedure and enjoin a party from using its chosen party-arbitrator. Trustmark Insurance Co. v. John Hancock Life Ins. Co., No. 09 C 3959, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4698 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 21, 2010) (appeal pending) ("Trustmark II"). Trustmark II is more than aberrational, it is simply wrong.
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On September 20, Susan Huntington presented during an educational call-in discussion, "Insurance and Coverage Risk Management Approaches to Address the Opioid Crisis," for the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).
On March 8, Bill Goddard will be speaking on "Lessons Learned from ERM, ORSA and Corporate Governance: Identifying and Remedying Weaknesses in Your Company's Risk and Capital Frameworks" at the 14th National Forum on Insurance Regulation, a conference presented by the American Conference Institute (ACI) to be held in New York.
On February 9, Bill Goddard will be speaking on a panel, titled "You've Got to Come Back with Me to The Future: An Ethics Discussion," at the 2018 International Association of Insurance Receivers (IAIR) Insurance Resolution Workshop to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Day Pitney partner Chase Rogers, former Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, was featured in an article, "Retired Judges Establish Fund To Provide Lawyers For Immigrant Families," published by the Hartford Courant.
Chase T. Rogers, former Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, was recognized by the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information (CCFOI) for bringing greater openness to the state's court system.
On May 15, Chase T. Rogers, former Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, received the 2018 John M. Bailey Award for Public Service at the Hartford County Bar Association (HCBA) Annual Meeting, which was held at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford, CT.
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