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ARBITRATION


RJ Gaudet & Associates LLC is capable of representing parties in arbitration proceedings under the rules established by the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations.  In addition, the firm can provide expert opinions in support of a party’s position in arbitration.

Under the 2011 decision of the United States Supreme Court in AT&T v. Concepcion, mandatory individual arbitration clauses are enforceable.  In other words, corporations offering services to millions of consumers, such as telephone services offered by AT&T, can insert a provision in their contracts in which they can compel consumers to go to arbitration – rather than court – to resolve any disputes.

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision, the law in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (covering California, Washington, Oregon, and other states) held that such clauses were not enforceable because they were imposed on consumers against their will and unfairly prevented consumers from taking their grievances to court.  The AT&T v. Concepcion decision has changed the law in those states.  As a result, arbitration of consumer disputes is likely to become more common.

RJ Gaudet & Associates LLC is well equipped to handle arbitration proceedings on behalf of consumers, small businesses, or other parties.  Prof. Dr. Ingrid Detter de Frankopan previously served as counsel in International Chamber of Commerce arbitration between a multi-national company and an investment company.

The firm maintains a branch office in The Hague where the Permanent Court of Arbitration is located on the grounds of the International Court of Justice, within walking distance of the firm.