Arbitration-Related Litigation in Texas


Congress intended for arbitration to be a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation. Businesses frequently include arbitration clauses in their contracts in an attempt to avoid the time and costs associated with the traditional court system. But judging from the steady stream of arbitration-related decisions emanating from state and federal courts in recent years, even the most “air-tight” arbitration clause cannot guarantee that disputes will be resolved without judicial intervention.

Courts typically deal with arbitration-related disputes in two circumstances. First, when a party to a contract with an arbitration clause resists arbitrating a dispute, the contracting parties often litigate the enforceability and scope of the arbitration clause before any arbitration proceeding begins (referred to herein as “pre-arbitration litigation”).  Second, after an arbitration panel renders its decision and issues an award, parties frequently turn to the courts in an effort to confirm, modify, or vacate the arbitral award referred to herein as “post-arbitration litigation”).

This paper provides a comprehensive overview of arbitration-related litigation in Texas and offers guidance for handling an arbitration-related dispute in the court system. It is focused on arbitration-related litigation arising under the Texas Arbitration Act or the Federal Arbitration Act, and thus arbitration-related litigation arising from foreign, international, or labor arbitration proceedings are beyond the scope of the paper.

Presented at the State Bar of Texas, 28th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Course, Chapter 7.2, Fall 2012. To read the full paper, click on the PDF linked below.


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