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Enforcement of Choice of Law Clauses

Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts


Authors: Andrew M. Zeitlin

Co-authored by Andrew Zeitlin and Edward L. Sadowsky, this chapter provides a general discussion of the enforcement of choice of law clauses (also known as "governing law" clauses) in New York State courts, including: the reasons for selecting a particular law to govern contractual disputes, the applicable law when a choice of law clause is absent, and the limits on the enforcement of such clauses. The chapter also discusses the impact a choice of law clause has on arbitration, and statutory and other authority relevant to choice of law clauses. Finally, the chapter concludes with a representative clause and the procedures for raising or objecting to the enforcement of choice of law clauses.

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