Second Circuit Affirms Judgment Confirming Dismissal of Claims on Statute of Limitations Grounds and…

Nov 2021

The Second Circuit recently affirmed the confirmation of an arbitrator’s decision dismissing claims on statute of limitations grounds against a claim that the arbitrator had no authority to consider such a defense and affirmed an order by the district court enjoining the plaintiff from attempting to once again refile his state court complaint regarding the dispute.

In accordance with prior decisions, Matthew Swain’s claims against Hermès of Paris Inc. were referred to arbitration. The arbitrator then granted Hermès’ motion to dismiss on the ground that Swain’s claims were time-barred. Swain responded by asking the district court to vacate the arbitrator’s dismissal on the ground that the arbitrator lacked the authority to consider Hermès’ statute of limitations defense. The district court declined to do that and instead…

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