June 20, 2014

Bound by the legal chain of events

Eli Lederman's article appeared in the June 20, 2014 issue of the Lawyers Weekly.

"A decision late last year of the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the court will defer to an arbitrator to decide his or her own jurisdiction. The decision in Ontario Medical Assn. v. Willis Canada Inc. [2013] O.J. No. 5732, affirmed that actions are properly stayed and remitted to an arbitrator where it is arguable that either the action itself or a party to the action is governed by an existing arbitration agreement. The unanimous decision signals that arbitration agreements could have broad application, even where a party is not a signatory to the original arbitration agreement..."