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Court of Chancery Holds Arbitrator Decides If Claim Is Arbitrable

Posted In Arbitration

Baypo Limited Partnership v. Technology JV, C.A. No. 2693-VCL (October 10, 2007).

Many arbitration clauses contain provisions that permit a court to grant injunctive relief.  These are used because of a fear that the arbitration panel may not have that power and that sort of relief may be needed, such as to enforce a noncompetition clause. Notwithstanding the presence of such clause, this decision upholds the usual Delaware rule that it is up to the arbitrators to decide if an issue is subject to the arbitration provision. Of course, that does not mean they decide if a court may hear an application for an injunction.

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