• Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. Animalfeeds International Corp.: Important Supreme Court Ruling Concerning Class Action Arbitrations and the Scope of Judicial Review in the Context of Domestic and International Arbitrations
  • May 10, 2010 | Authors: R. Doak Bishop; Dwight J. Davis; Barry Goheen; S. Stewart Haskins; Edward G. Kehoe
  • Law Firms: King & Spalding LLP - Houston Office ; King & Spalding LLP - Atlanta Office ; King & Spalding LLP - New York Office
  • On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, the United States Supreme Court issued a ground-breaking decision in Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. Animalfeeds International Corp., No. 08-1198. The Court considered the question “whether imposing class arbitration on parties whose arbitration clauses are ‘silent’ on that issue is consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act.” The Court held that, in this case, the arbitrators had exceeded their authority in permitting class arbitration...Stolt-Neilson is a significant decision for corporations who rely on arbitration agreements in standard form contracts and who prefer to avoid class-action arbitrations.