Case Law Index Alternative Dispute Resolution

January 1, 2002 – March 1, 2011

This index provides a comprehensive though not necessarily exhaustive compilation of reported and unreported federal and state court decisions involving Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) that were decided between the dates listed above.  The cases are listed in reverse chronological order. The “Text” link goes to the freely available Google Scholar text of the opinion.  These listings are for educational purposes only, and are not a substitute for legal counsel.

 

FIRST CIRCUIT

Sleeper Farms v. Agway, Inc., 506 F.3d 98 (1st Cir. 2007) (purchase orders reference to contract which contained arbitration clause was binding)

Winterwood Farm, LLC v. JER, Inc., 327 F.Supp.2d 34 (D. Me. 2004) (shellfish farmer’s claim was subject to arbitration)


 

SECOND CIRCUIT

Empire State Ethanol & Energy v. BBI Int’l, No. 1:08CV623 (GLS/DRH), 2009 WL 1813205 (N.D.N.Y. June 25, 2009) (staying claims against non-arbitrating defendants until arbitration completed)

Empire State Ethanol & Energy, LLC v. BBI Int’l, No. 1:08-CV-623 (GLS/DRH), 2009 WL 790962 (N.D.N.Y. Mar. 20, 2009) (compelling arbitration of ethanol study contract)

Conagra Foods, Inc. v. Caisse Regionale De Credit Agricole Mutel Du Nord, 2002 WL 538849 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) (binding arbitration clauses)


 

FOURTH CIRCUIT

In re D & B Swine Farms, Inc., Bankr. No. 09-02813-8-JRL, Adv. No. 09-00160-8-JRL, 2010 WL 358493 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. Jan. 23, 2010) (compel arbitration)

Delta-T Corp. v. Pac. Ethanol, Inc., No. 3:08CV524, 2009 WL 77869 (E.D. Va. Jan. 7, 2009) (granting motion to compel arbitration)

Al-Haddad Commodities Corp. v. Toepfer Intern. Asia Pte., Ltd., 485 F.Supp.2d 677 (E.D. Va. 2007) (confirmation of an arbitration award)

Branchville Mach. Co., Inc. v. Agco Corp., 252 F.Supp.2d 307 (E.D. Va. 2003) (binding effect of broad mandatory arbitration clauses)


 

FIFTH CIRCUIT

Bell v. Koch Foods of Miss., LLC, No. 09-60433, 2009 WL 4885174 (5th Cir. Dec. 16, 2009) (granting arbitration on production contracts)

Bell v. Koch Foods of Miss., LLC, No. 3:08-cv-697-WHB-LRA, 2009 WL 1259054 (S.D. Miss. May 5, 2009) (granting motion to compel arbitration on broiler grower agreements)

Cargill Inc. v. Phlen Farm P’ship, No. 08-458-JVP-SCR, 2009 WL 54318 (M.D. La. Jan. 8, 2009) (enforcement of arbitration clause)

Cargill Inc. v. Clark Farm 2, LLC, No. 08-460-FJP-SCR, 2009 WL 57376 (M.D. La. Jan. 8, 2009) (enforcement of arbitration clause)

Steed v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:05cv02146-KS-MTP, 2006 WL 2844546 (S.D. Miss. 2006) (compelling arbitration)

Overstreet v. Contigroup Companies, Inc., 462 F.3d 409 (5th Cir. 2006) (unconscionability of a poultry contract arbitration clause)

Monsanto Co. v. Raesz, No. A-05-CA-711-SS, 2006 WL 978875 (W.D. Tex. 2006) (binding arbitration clause)

Tucker v. Fireman’s Fund Agribusiness, Inc., 365 F.Supp.2d 821 (S.D. Tex. 2005) (denial of arbitration of crop insurance claim because it was time barred)

Glover v. IBP, Inc., 334 F.3d 471 (5th Cir. 2003) (scope of arbitrator’s power)


 

SIXTH CIRCUIT

Garnett v. NAU Country Ins. Co., No. 5:09-CV-00144-R, 2009 WL 3644762 (W.D. Ky. Oct. 27, 2009) (nullification of arbitration award)

Farmers Crop Ins. Alliance v. Laux, 442 F.Supp.2d 488 (S.D. Ohio 2006) (confirmation of arbitration decision)

Farmers Crop Ins. Alliance v. Laux, 422 F.Supp. 2d 898 (S.D. Ohio 2006)(court would not reevaluate arbitration findings)

In re Robinson, 265 B.R. 722 (B.A.P. 6th Cir. 2001) (arbitration awards and bankruptcy)


 

SEVENTH CIRCUIT

Henrichs Grain, Inc. v. Cargill, No. 09-1029, 2010 WL 431900 (C.D. Ill. Jan. 28, 2010) (compelling arbitration on grain contracts)

Andersons, Inc. v. Fall Grain, Inc., 646 F.Supp.2d 1029 (C.D. Ill. 2009) (court confirming arbitration award)

Andersons, Inc. v. Walker, 573 F.Supp.2d 1065 (C.D. Ill. 2008) (compelling arbitration)

Ray v. Bergen, No. 03 C 1115, 2003 WL 22175547 (N.D. Ill. 2003) (compelling arbitration)


 

EIGHTH CIRCUIT

Dyrdal v. Enbridge (U.S.), Inc., No. 10-1970, 2010 WL 1957494 (D. Minn. May 13, 2010) (petition under Federal Arbitration Act)

Herd Co. v. Ernest-Spencer, Inc., No8:09CV397, 2010 WL 76371 (D. Neb. Jan. 5, 2010) (compel arbitration on contract to build grain storage facility)

Tripp v. Bunge N. Am., Inc., No. 4:08CV004146, 2009 WL 2998921 (E.D. Ark. Sept. 11, 2009) (enforcement of arbitration clause)

Svancara v. Rain & Hail, LLC, No. 8:09CV144, 2009 WL 2982906 (D. Neb. Sept. 11, 2009) (dismissing claim for judicial review of arbitrator’s award)

Svancara v. Rain & Hail, LLC, No. 8:09CV144, 2009 WL 1652220 (D. Neb. June 11, 2009) (judicial review of arbitration award)

Mayer v. Countrywide Home Loans, 2008 WL 4527800 (D. Minn. 2008) (qualification under Minnesota Farmer-Lender Mediation Act)

Sunopta, Inc. v. Abengoa Bioenergy New Techs., Inc., No. 4:08CV78 JCH, 2008 WL 782656 (E.D. Mo. 2008) (compelled arbitration)

Superior Grains, Inc. v. Palouse Empire Marketing, Inc., 2008 WL 151253 (D.N.D. 2008) (vacating an arbitration award for bias)

Hudson v. ConAgra Poultry Co., 484 F.3d 496 (8th Cir. 2007) (arbitration clause in poultry production contract covered tort actions as well as breach of contract)

Stedman v. Great Am. Ins. Co., 2007 WL 1040367 (D.N.D. 2007) (crop insurance arbitration)

Buschkoetter v. Johanns, 2006 WL 1479165 (D. Neb. 2006) (dismissal of crop insurance case for failure to exhaust administrative remedies)

Wiser v. Wayne Farms, 411 F.3d 923 (8th Cir. 2005) (compelled arbitration clause failed after contractor waived the choice of law)

Roe v. Cargill Inc., 333 F.Supp.2d 808 (W.D. Ark. 2004) (confirmation of an arbitration award)

Schoenrock v. John Morrell & Co., Inc., 2003 WL 21639161 (D. Minn. 2003) (challenge to the scope of an arbitration clause)

In re 2000 Sugar Beet Crop Ins. Litig., 228 F.Supp.2d 992 (D. Minn.,2002) (crop insurance arbitration is controlled by federal law)


 

NINTH CIRCUIT

Olsen v. United States ex rel. the Fed. Crop Ins. Corp., No. 08-35228, 2009 WL 1638652 (9th Cir. June 10, 2009) (vacation of arbitration award; arbitrators lacked authority to bound the U.S.)

Paramount Farms, Inc. v. Ventilex B.V., No. CV F 08-1027 LJO SMS, 2009 WL 161052(E.D. Cal. Jan. 22, 2009) (no evidence parties bound to arbitrate)

Ahcom, Ltd. v. Smeding, No. C-07-1139 SC, 2009 WL 102851 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 14, 2009) (enforcement of arbitration award)

Bybee Farms LLC v. Snake River Sugar Co., 2008 WL 4454054 (E.D. Wash. 2008) (negotiation clause does not imply that negotiation must be in good faith)

11 R Sales, Inc. v. Yarto, 2008 WL 4279577 (E.D. Wash. 2008) (claim of duress during negotiations)

Ahcom, Ltd. v. Smeding, No. C-07-1139 SC, 2008 WL 1701731 (N.D. Cal. 2008) (confirmation of arbitration award)

Olsen v. United States ex rel. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 546 F.Supp.2d 1122 (E.D. Wash. 2008) (arbitration agreement’s binding effect on FCIC)

College of the Sequoias Farm v. White Gold Assoc., Inc., 2007 WL 2022040 (E.D. Cal. 2007) (upholding of arbitration agreement)

Flores v. Jewels Marketing and Agribusiness, 2007 WL 2022042 (E.D. Cal. 2007) (upholding an arbitration agreement)

Burrell v. Armijo, 456 F.3d 1159 (9th Cir. 2006) (failure to raise arbitration)

Oceantrade S.A. v. Nuttery Farms, Inc., No. C 05-02589 WHA, 2005 WL 3299716 (N.D. Cal. 2005) (upholding an arbitration agreement)

William J. Mouren Farming, Inc. v. Great American Ins. Co. 2005 WL 2064129 (E.D. Cal. 2005) (crop insurance arbitration dispute)

Farmers Alliance Mut. Ins. Co. v. Poco, LLC., No. CV-05-5063-FVS, 2005 WL 2035516 (E.D. Wash. 2005) (upholding arbitration clause)

Farmers Crop Ins. Alliance, Inc. v. Poco, LLC., No. CV-05-5058-AAM, 2005 WL 1898476 (E.D. Wash. 2005) (confirmation of arbitration award)


 

D.C. CIRCUIT

Syngenta Crop Prot., Inc. v. Drexel Chem. Co., Syngenta Crop Prot., Inc. v. Drexel Chem. Co., 655 F.Supp.2d 54 (D.D.C. 2009) (decision to admit agreement not misconduct by arbitrator)

Abrams v. Vilsack, Abrams v. Vilsack, 655 F.Supp.2d 48 (D.D.C. 2009) (overturn decision of arbitrator; Track B in Pigford)

Pigford v. Vilsack, 613 F.Supp.2d 78 (D.D.C. 2009) (relatedness of unsuccessful claims to successful claims for EAJA and EOCA attorney’s fees)


 

ARKANSAS

Looney v. Raby, 268 S.W.3d 345 (Ark. Ct. App. 2007) (Arkansas Farm Mediation Act)

Slusser v. Farm Serv., Inc., 198 S.W.3d 106 (Ark. 2004) (statutory arbitration clause in dealing with defective seed is controlling)

Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Archer, 147 S.W.3d 681 (Ark. 2004) (arbitration clause in hog production contracts lacked mutuality of obligation)


 

CALIFORNIA

Agri-Systems, Inc. v. Foster Poultry Farms, 85 Cal.Rptr.3d 917 (Cal. Ct. App. 2008) (ethics and arbitration)

Hess Collection Winery v. Cal. Agric. Labor Relations Bd., 140 Cal.App.4th 1584, 45 Cal.Rptr.3d 609 (Cal. Ct. App. 2006) (agricultural labor dispute settlement)


 

COLORADO

E-21 Engineering v. Steve Stock & Assocs., No. 09CA1840, 2010 WL 3035168 (Colo. Ct. App. Aug. 5, 2010) (agreement regarding seed storage facility construction project)


 

GEORGIA

Bullington v. Blakely Crop Hail, Inc., 668 S.E.2d 732 (Ga. Ct. App. 2008) (request for arbitration and crop insurance)

Rushing v. Gold Kist, Inc., 256 Ga. App. 115, 567 S.E.2d 384 (Ga. Ct. App. 2002) (cooperative forcing binding arbitration on member)


 

ILLINOIS

Timmerman v. Grain Exch., LLC, 915 N.E.2d 113 (Ill. App. Ct. 2009) (failure to show arbitration provision was incorporated into the contract)

Williams v. Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc., 890 N.E.2d 566 (Ill. Ct. App. 2008) (mandatory arbitration clause upheld against dairy farmers)


 

IOWA

Klinge v. Bentien, 725 N.W.2d 13 (Iowa 2006) (failure to obtain release under farm mediation statute)

Diaz v. Thompson, 691 N.W.2d 744 (Iowa Ct. App. 2004) (mandatory mediation provision for debts secured by agricultural land)

Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. v. Michel, 683 N.W.2d 95 (Iowa 2004) (farm mediation statute)

Agco Corp. v. Anderson, 672 N.W.2d 333 (Table) (Iowa Ct. App. 2003) (denial of confirmation of an arbitration award)

Kent Feeds, Inc. v. Manthei, 646 N.W.2d 87 (Iowa 2002) (mandatory mediation release for agricultural property)


 

LOUISIANA

Tubbs Rice Dryers, Inc. v. Martin, 33 So. 3d 926 (La. Ct. App. Feb. 24, 2010) (breach of contract against farmer for failure to deliver grain)

Tubbs Rice Dryers, Inc. v. Martin, — So.3d —, 2010 WL 625044 (La. Ct. App. 2010) (arbitration was not required on claims)

Marsh Farms v. Olvey, 974 So.2d 194 (La. Ct. App. 2008) (arbitration clause on agricultural land lease)

Hobbs v. IGF Ins. Co., 834 So.2d 1069 (La. Ct. App. 2002) (crop insurance contract’s mandatory arbitration clause was invalid under state law)


 

MASSACHUSETTS

Abraham Copley Square, LP v. Badaoui, 891 N.E.2d 699 (Mass. App. Ct. 2008) (affirming court’s power to confirm arbitration award)


 

MINNESOTA

Waymouth Farms, Inc. v. Olam Americas, Inc., No. A08-1915, 2009 WL 1853186 (Minn. Ct. App. June 30, 2009) (arbitration clause not binding)

Dykes v. Superior, Inc., 761 N.W.2d 892 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009) (release of other tortfeasers in settlement agreement)

Cargill Inc. v. Jorgenson Farms, 719 N.W.2d 226 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006) (without formation of a contract an arbitration clause is invalid)

Vaubel Farms, Inc. v. Shelby Farmers Mut., 679 N.W.2d 407 (Minn. Ct. App. 2004) (arbitration not a “suit” for purposes of an insurance contract)


 

MISSISSIPPI

Cmty. Bank of Miss. V. Stuckey, — So.3d —, 2009 WL 4263567 (Miss. Ct. App. 2009) (compelling arbitration on loan agreements)

Swindle v. Harvey, 23 So.3d 562 (Miss. Ct. App. 2009) (compelling arbitration on loan agreement)

Delta & Pine Land Co. v. Burns, 926 So.2d 901 (Miss. 2006) (scope of Seed Act arbitration clause)

B.C. Rogers Poultry, Inc. v. Wedgeworth, 911 So.2d 483 (Miss. 2005) (limiting the scope of an arbitration clause in a poultry contract)

Sanderson Farms, Inc. v. Gatlin, 848 So.2d 828 (Miss. 2003) (breach of arbitration agreement by refusing to pay half of the arbitration cost)


 

MISSOURI

JBS Farms, Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Agribusiness, Inc., 205 S.W.3d 910 (Mo. Ct. App. 2006) (crop insurance clause requiring arbitration is binding)


 

MONTANA

Paulson v. Flathead Conservation Dist. 321 Mont. 364, 91 P.3d 569 (Mont. 2004) (bias of arbitrator)


 

NEBRASKA

Kremer v. Rural Cmty. Ins. Co., 788 N.W.2d 538 (Neb. 2010) (order to compel arbitration in crop insurance claim affirmed)


 

NORTH CAROLINA

In re W.W. Jarvis & Sons, 671 S.E.2d 534 (N.C. Ct. App. 2009) (extent of arbitration clause; dissolution of partnership)

Powell v. Bulluck, 573 S.E.2d 699 (N.C. Ct. App. 2002) (failure to pursue mediation in a farm nuisance case)


 

OHIO

Town & Country Co-op Inc. v. Sabol Farms, No. 09CA0072, 2010 WL 4272766 (Ohio Ct. App. Nov. 1, 2010) (waiver of right to arbitration)


 

SOUTH CAROLINA

McMillan v. Gold Kist, Inc., 353 S.C. 353, 577 S.E.2d 482 (S.C. Ct. App. 2003) (cooperative allowed to amend bylaws to insert mandatory arbitration clause)


 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Walsh v. Larsen, 705 N.W.2d 638 (S.D. 2005) (failure to offer mediation did not void foreclosure)


 

TEXAS

Armtech Ins. Servs., Inc. v. Hamilton, No. 07-08-0325-CV, 2009 WL 498048 (Tex. App. Feb. 27, 2009) (enforcement of arbitration award)

In re BNP Paribas, 2008 WL 2208933 (Tex. App. 2008) (denial of arbitration clause is subject to immediate appeal)

Castano v. San Felipe Agric., Mfg., & Irr. Co., 147 S.W.3d 444 (Tex. App. 2004) (upholding of arbitration clause)


 

UTAH

Harold Selman, Inc. v. Box Elder County, 208 P.3d 535, 2009 WL 1013731 (Utah Ct. App. 2009) (quiet title claims better adjudicated than arbitrated)

Rawlings v. Rawlings, 200 P.3d 662 (Utah Ct. App. 2008) (sanctions for failing to appear at mediation session in good faith)


 

WASHINGTON

Ochoa Ag Unlimited, L.L.C. v. Delanoy, 114 P.3d 692 (Wash. Ct. App. 2005) (buyer of seed potatoes not subject to mandatory arbitration under the seed act)

Harmon v. Wilson, 116 Wash. App. 1015, 2003 WL 1193764 (Wash. Ct. App. 2003) (failure to raise jurisdictional question on arbitration clause waived the clause)


 

WISCONSIN

Winkelman v. Kraft Foods, Inc., 693 N.W.2d 756 (Wis. Ct. App. 2005) (arbitration powers affirmed by court in dairy case) distinguished by Gallego v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 707 N.W.2d 539 (Wis. Ct. App. 2005)