SDNY Compels Arbitration Pursuant to ADR Provision in Contract Governing Disputed Commercial Transaction

Applying the Federal Arbitration Act and recognizing that it “reflects a liberal federal policy favoring arbitration agreements,” the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that the arbitration provision at issue was as expansive as similar clauses that the Second Circuit has previously described as the “paradigm of a broad clause establishing a presumption of arbitrability.”

Plaintiff Kuehne + Nagel Inc., a logistics service provider that arranges the transportation of freight, and defendant Baker Hughes were parties to a global air freight transportation contract, which included an alternative dispute resolution provision that applied “[i]n the event of any dispute between the Parties hereto arising from or relating to this contract…

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