Commonwealth REIT Secures Favorable Arbitration Ruling

Skadden represented Commonwealth REIT in obtaining a favorable ruling denying a motion brought by 15 tenants seeking to consolidate rent arbitration proceedings into a single, joint proceeding against the commercial property owner. On June 27, Judge Alan C. Kay of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii denied the plaintiffs' motion, holding that the Federal Arbitration Act did not permit consolidated arbitration where, as in this instance, the parties had not agreed to it.