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Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds Int'l. Corp., No. 08-1198

By FindLaw Staff on April 27, 2010 3:32 PM

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds Int'l. Corp., No. 08-1198, involved an antitrust class action in which the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court's order vacating an arbitration panel's order allowing for class arbitration of the dispute.

As the court wrote:  "We granted certiorari in this case to decide whether imposing class arbitration on parties whose arbitration clauses are "silent" on that issue is consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), 9 U. S. C. §1 et seq."

The Supreme Court reversed, holding that imposing class arbitration on parties who had not agreed to authorize class arbitration was inconsistent with the Federal Arbitration Act, and the arbitration panel imposed class arbitration despite the parties' stipulation that they had reached "no agreement" on that issue.

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