Choice-of-Law Clauses

A choice-of-law clause is a contractual provision that selects a law to govern the contract. These clauses facilitate settlement by identifying the law that will be applied to resolve future disputes, thereby allowing the parties to more accurately assess the strength of potential claims.  They also reduce the costs of litigation by making it unnecessary for a court to conduct a choice-of-law analysis.

A Primer on Choice-of-Law Clauses

A choice-of-law clause is a contract provision that selects the law to govern the contract and claims relating to the contract.

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Unilateral Choice-of-Law Clauses

Over the past decade, so-called “unilateral” or “asymmetric” forum selection clauses have attracted a lot of attention. A unilateral forum selection clause does not name a court in which to resolve disputes at the time of signing. Instead, it gives one contracting party the right to unilaterally select a court after the dispute arises. In…

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Anti-Comity and N.Y. General Obligations Law 5-1401

Not many statutes can fairly be described as bruisers. Section 5-1401 of New York General Obligations Law is an exception. In the immortal words of The Bachelor: “Section 5-1401 didn’t come here to make friends.” The purpose of Section 5-1401 is to generate business for New York lawyers and maintain New York’s status as a…

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Ganpat’s Saga Continues

Regular TLB readers may recall the tragic story of Kholkar Vishveshwar Ganpat, an Indian citizen and merchant seaman who lost his toes to malaria, allegedly because his ship failed to stock sufficient antimalarial medicine when it docked at Savannah, Georgia. In 2018, Ganpat sued the ship’s operator, Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), in federal district…

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