Golden Gate University Law Review


In Infuturia Global Ltd. v. Sequus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit analyzed the scope of federal removal jurisdiction over matters related to certain international arbitration agreements and awards. In doing so, the Ninth Circuit articulated a broad standard to determine whether a federal court is an appropriate forum to hear a dispute related to a foreign arbitration agreement or award. The Ninth Circuit interpreted the key language of the relevant provision to permit removal whenever there is an arbitral award or agreement that “could conceivably affect the outcome of the plaintiff’s suit.”