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Supreme Court of Cassation rejects appeal of arbitral award for alleged violation of substantive rules
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Italy
  • 25 April 2019

The Supreme Court of Cassation recently addressed a supply contract between two parties that contained a ritual arbitration clause. Pursuant to the clause, an arbitration proceeding had been commenced, which had resulted in the defendant being ordered to pay damages. The defendant had subsequently appealed the arbitral decision for alleged violation of the procedural rules, despite the fact that appeals for the violation of substantive rules are precluded by legislation and case law.

Supreme Court of Cassation rules on nullity of arbitral award for late delivery of decision
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Italy
  • 21 March 2019

The Supreme Court of Cassation recently found that parties alleging nullity of an arbitral award for the late delivery of the decision must notify the other parties and arbitrators before the award's deliberation pursuant to the Code of Civil Procedure. The decision strongly reaffirms a general principle of primary importance regarding arbitration under the code.

Real estate leasing and mandatory mediation
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Italy
  • 07 February 2019

The Supreme Court of Cassation recently examined the relationship between real estate leasing agreements and mandatory mediation in banking and finance agreements. Basing its decision on Article 5 of Legislative Decree 28/2010, which provides that mandatory mediation must be attempted in banking and finance agreements, the court found that in legal proceedings regarding real estate leasing agreements, it is not mandatory to attempt mediation.

Decision on validity of arbitration clause not appealable before Supreme Court of Cassation
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Italy
  • 06 December 2018

In a recent decision the Supreme Court of Cassation – while addressing a question relating to the ritual or non-ritual nature of an arbitration clause – seized the opportunity to reaffirm that the decision of a judge on the validity and effectiveness of an arbitration clause for non-ritual arbitration is not appealable before the Supreme Court of Cassation on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction.

Request for recusal of arbitrator and appealability
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Italy
  • 04 October 2018

A recent Supreme Court of Cassation decision concerned a tribunal president's rejection of a motion to recuse an arbitrator appointed by the counterparty to a dispute and appoint a third arbitrator. The court found that under Article 815(3) of the Code of Civil Procedure, the decision of an arbitral tribunal president regarding a request for the recusal of an arbitrator cannot be appealed.

Recent decision regarding corporate arbitration proceedings
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Italy
  • 02 August 2018

The Court of Cassation recently addressed both whether disputes concerning the withdrawal of a shareholder from a company may be submitted to arbitration and the validity of an arbitration clause regarding a specific dispute between a shareholder and a company where the clause does not assign the right to appoint the arbitrator to a third party. The court affirmed that, as a shareholder's right of withdrawal concerns economic disposable rights, disputes in this regard may be submitted to arbitration.

International arbitration clauses and jurisdictional preventive regulation
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Italy
  • 17 May 2018

The United Sections of the Court of Cassation recently addressed the matter of jurisdictional preventive regulations and seized the opportunity to reaffirm the jurisdictional nature of arbitration proceedings. The court affirmed the principle according to which an international arbitration clause can invalidate the jurisdiction of the ordinary Italian courts regarding a notice of objection against a preliminary injunction.

Company disputes: arbitration or judicial proceedings?
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Italy
  • 29 March 2018

The Court of Cassation recently ruled on the conferment of a company dispute to the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal based on the arbitration clause contained in the company's articles of association. The tribunal had accepted the exception raised by the counterparties concerning its lack of jurisdiction, but the claimant appealed this decision before the Court of Cassation.

New legislation surrounding medical malpractice
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Italy
  • 21 February 2018

In addition to setting out the legal scope for the safety of medical treatments and patients, Law 24/2017 provides the scope for imposing an effective risk management policy on healthcare personnel and prescribes risk allocation standards in the case of damages arising from medical treatments. It also provides for situations of impunity when these events occur despite the guidelines being followed.

Is filing of new documents before Court of Appeal permitted?
  • Litigation
  • Italy
  • 30 January 2018

The Supreme Court of Cassation recently stated that following the legislative amendment introduced by Law 134/2012, the amended Article 345(3) of the Code of Civil Procedure forbids the filing of new documents during appeal. This is regardless of whether the documents appear to be essential, except for when the party proves the impossibility of filing them before the court of first instance for reasons beyond its control.

Supreme Court of Cassation issues decision on reasons for appeal under Civil Procedure Code
  • Litigation
  • Italy
  • 05 December 2017

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Cassation consulted its united sections on an important question regarding the specificity of reasons for appeal under Article 342 of the Civil Procedure Code. The question concerned whether the code requires an appellant to specify different content as part of its reason for appeal or provide only a detailed criticism of sections of the appealed decision.

Court finds that bankruptcy receiver can start civil and criminal proceedings against company directors
  • Litigation
  • Italy
  • 12 September 2017

The Supreme Court of Cassation recently found that a bankruptcy receiver has the right to institute civil and criminal proceedings for liability against company directors, even in relation to unfair preference in a bankruptcy committed through preferential debt payments in violation of the equality of creditors' principle. The court underlined the error in the argument that preferential payment "could cause a decrease of company capital by more than what would occur respecting the principle of the equality of creditors".

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