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5-401.

History: L. 1973, ch. 24, § 1; L. 1977, ch. 25, § 1; L. 1987, ch. 38, § 1; L. 1995, ch. 155, § 2; Repealed, L. 2018, ch. 90, § 35; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"The Arbitrator: As a Punisher and as a Professional," Robert J. Fowks, 47 J.B.A.K. 7, 10 (1978).

Arbitration of contractual disputes, 17 W.L.J. 657, 663 (1978).

"So You Thought You Knew What a Tort Was," Prof. Robert J. Fowks, 49 J.K.B.A. 31 (1980).

"Arbitration: Confirming Application of the Kansas Uniform Arbitration Act," Michael A. Schlueter, 24 W.L.J. 615, 622 (1985).

"Arbitration and Securities Claims," Kenneth G. Gale, J.K.T.L.A. Vol. XVI, No. 1, 16 (1992).

"Arbitrating Employment Disputes: Greener Pastures for Employers?" Terrence Kilroy and Adam P. Sachs, 62 J.K.B.A. No. 3, 32, 34 (1993).

"Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Disputes—The Whats, Whys and Hows," Boyd A. Byers, 67 J.K.B.A. No. 3, 18 (1998).

"The Changing Face of Arbitration: What Once Was Old is New Again," James P. Buchele and Larry R. Rute, 72 J.K.B.A. No. 7, 36 (2003).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Cited; act not retroactive; uninsured motorists arbitration clause invalid under law as applied. Clayton v. Alliance Mutual Casualty Co., 213 Kan. 84, 85, 515 P.2d 1115.

2. Arbitration Act not applicable to arbitration agreements made before July 1, 1973. City of Beverly v. White, Hamele & Hunsley, 224 Kan. 386, 580 P.2d 1321.

3. Cited; Federal Arbitration Act applies; interstate commerce; "claim in tort" arbitrable thereunder. R. J. Palmer Constr. Co. v. Wichita Band Instrument Co., 7 Kan. App. 2d 363, 365, 642 P.2d 147 (1982).

4. Not applicable to arbitration clause in employment contract between school district and teachers' bargaining unit. NEA-Topeka v. U.S.D. No. 501, 7 Kan. App. 2d 529, 530, 531, 532, 644 P.2d 1006 (1982).

5. Agreement to arbitrate as part of state construction contract not void and unenforceable; arbitration award upheld. Evans Electrical Constr. Co. v. University of Kansas Med. Center, 230 Kan. 298, 303, 634 P.2d 1079 (1981).

6. Arbitration is proper forum to decide dispute; agreement to arbitrate is valid and enforceable. State v. Thomas Constr. Co., 8 Kan. App. 2d 283, 287, 655 P.2d 471 (1983).

7. Where defendant denied existence of binding contract, anticipatory repudiation waived right to arbitration under contract clause. City of Wamego v. L. R. Foy Constr. Co., 9 Kan. App. 2d 168, 171, 675 P.2d 912 (1984).

8. Act does not impose restrictions on court's power to review district court's decision but district court's review is restricted. Rural Water Dist. No. 6 v. Ziegler Corp., 9 Kan. App. 2d 305, 309, 677 P.2d 573 (1984).

9. Arbitration unnecessary where controversy over construction contract provision not covered by class of disputes in contract subject thereto. Havens v. Safeway Stores, 235 Kan. 226, 229, 678 P.2d 625 (1984).

10. Where arbitration in Kansas not specified, compliance with construction industry arbitration rules satisfies statutory requirement for in-state arbitration. L. R. Foy Constr. Co., Inc. v. Dean L. Danley, 547 F. Supp. 166, 169 (1982).

11. Where arbitrators' award for loss of use of construction equipment provided in contract, statute not violated. Jackson Trak Group, Inc. v. Mid States Port Authority, 242 Kan. 683, 694, 751 P.2d 122 (1988).

12. Cited; discharge for absence due to work-related injury held retaliatory; tort action independent of collective bargaining agreement noted. Coleman v. Safeway Stores, Inc., 242 Kan. 804, 809, 752 P.2d 645 (1988).

13. Subcontractor's liability, if any, for alleged failure to perform contractual duties as lying solely in contract examined. L.R. Foy Constr. Co. v. Professional Mechanical Contractors, 13 Kan. App. 2d 188, 194, 766 P.2d 196 (1989).

14. Purpose of UAA as enforcing arbitration agreements as matter of public policy without resort to courts stated. City of Lenexa v. C.L. Fairley Constr. Co., 245 Kan. 316, 318, 777 P.2d 851 (1989).

15. Reinsurance treaty between two insurers not a "contract of insurance" but rather "contract for insurance." Mut. Reinsurance Bureau v. Great Plains Mut. Ins., 750 F. Supp. 455, 461 (1990).

16. Broad arbitration clauses and narrow clauses distinguished; matters properly before arbitrator, court's authority on review examined. City of Lenexa v. C.L. Fairley Constr. Co., Inc., 15 Kan. App. 2d 207, 209, 805 P.2d 507 (1991).

17. Preempted by Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. Skewes v. Shearson Lehman Bros., 250 Kan. 574, 575, 829 P.2d 874 (1992).

18. Arbitration clause in reinsurance agreement unenforceable; statute held enacted for purpose of regulating business of insurance. Mutual Reinsurance Bureau v. Great Plains Mut., 969 F.2d 931, 932, 933, 934 (1992).

19. Whether contract's arbitration clauses in reinsurance treaties issued in Ohio are unenforceable because they violate Kansas public policy examined. Federated Rural Elec. Ins. v. Nationwide Mut. Ins., 874 F. Supp. 1204, 1207 (1995).

20. Kansas public policy did not preclude enforcement of arbitration clause in insurance contract governed by law of another state. Federated Rural Elec. Ins. v. International Ins., 884 F. Supp. 439, 442 (1995).

21. Section may be applied retroactively because of procedural nature. St. Paul Fire & Marine v. Employers Reinsurance, 919 F. Supp. 133, 139 (1996).

22. Contractual action may not be maintained as a tort action to avoid compulsory arbitration. Beeson v. Erickson, 22 Kan. App. 2d 452, 455, 917 P.2d 901 (1996).

23. Federal arbitration act (9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.) does not preempt subsection (c)(1); appraisal clause in insurance contract invalidated. Friday v. Trinity Universal of Kansas, 22 Kan. App. 2d 935, 936, 924 P.2d 1284 (1996).

24. Appraisal clause in fire insurance policy is form of arbitration and prohibited hereunder. Friday v. Trinity Universal of Kansas, 262 Kan. 347, 939 P.2d 869 (1997).

25. Federal arbitration act governed over KUAA (K.S.A. 5-401 et seq.) in arbitration of breach of contract claim. Baer v. Terminix Intern. Co., Ltd. Partnership, 975 F. Supp. 1272, 1276 (1997).

26. Contract of parties involves interstate commerce and is governed by Federal Arbitration Act. Biomat, Inc. v. Sampson, 28 Kan. App. 2d 242, 15 P.3d 846 (2000).

27. Arbitrator not empowered to apply a cap on damages not agreed to by parties. Flenorry v. Eagle's Nest Apts., 28 Kan. App. 2d 906, 22 P.3d 613 (2001).

28. Contractual agreement to submit fee disputes to arbitration enforced; parties may leave other issues to resolution by courts. Butler Nat'l Corp. v. Gerald T. Kelly & Co., 30 Kan. App. 2d 538, 43 P.3d 824 (2002).

29. City not required to submit claim to arbitration where its tort claims are exempt under subsection (c)(3). City of Andover v. Southwestern Bell Telephone, 37 Kan. App. 2d 358, 364, 153 P.3d 561 (2007).

30. Exception allowing judicial review of arbitration decision preempted by federal arbitration act. Lewis v. Circuit City Stores, Inc., 500 F.3d 1140, 1153 (2007).

31. Cited; written contracts cannot include a mandatory arbitration clause for tort causes of action arising between the parties. Diederich v. Yarnevich, 40 Kan. App. 2d 801, 814, 196 P.3d 411 (2008).

32. Federal arbitration act preempts K.S.A. 5-401 which prohibits arbitration of tort claims. Packard v. Credit Solutions of America, Inc., 42 Kan. App. 2d 382, 213 P.3d 437 (2009).

33. Trial court improperly assigned arbitrator issue of whether parties' settlement agreement was valid, when trial court had already found agreement valid and enforceable. Kopp v. Kopp, 44 Kan. App. 2d 573, 239 P.3d 878 (2010).


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