Legal Alert - High Court's Clear and Loud Voice on Forum-Selection Clauses: Enforce Them


By John S. Delikanakis and Bradley Austin

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held, in Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. United States Dist. Ct., et al., No.-12-929 (December 3, 2013), that district courts must give valid forum-selection clauses “controlling weight in all but the most exceptional cases.” The opinion is a victory for the principle that otherwise valid contractual provisions, even as to forum, should be rigorously enforced.

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