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Unanimous SCOTUS Decides Southwest: Goes with the Flow on “Engaged” in Interstate Commerce

The Supreme Court has decided Southwest Airlines Co. v. Saxon, No. 21-309, ruling unanimously that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) section 1 exemption of “workers engaged in foreign or interstate commerce” includes classes of workers who are part of the flow or stream of interstate commerce, and that there is no FAA requirement that these individuals actually cross state lines. We reported in December 2021 that the Supreme Court had granted Certiorari in four cases involving arbitration, among them Sundance. Specifically, the Court on December 10 agreed to review Saxon...

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Arbitration Conversation No. 72: Paul Barker, International Arbitrator, and Fellow, Stanford Law School

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation, Amy interviews Paul Barker, a partner in the Bay Area office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a member of the Firm’s ESG & Impact Practice Group, specializing in international arbitration, investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), international law, climate finance, and sustainable investing.

Paul has been recognized as a leading junior barrister for international arbitration (Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar). He is also ranked as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers globally under the age of 45 (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders).

By Paul Barker, Amy Schmitz

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