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Musterklausel / Entwurf einer Standard US.Schiedsgerichstklausel (American Bar Association)

Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any related agreement shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the following provisions:

(a) Disputes Covered. The agreement of the parties to arbitrate covers all disputes of every kind relating to or arising out of this Agreement, any related agreement or any of the Contemplated Transactions. Disputes include actions for breach of contract with respect to this Agreement or the related agreement, as well as any claim based upon tort or any other causes of action relating to the Contemplated Transactions, such as claims based upon an allegation of fraud or misrepresentation and claims based upon a federal or state statute. In addition, the arbitrators selected according to procedures set forth below shall determine the arbitrability of any matter brought to them, and their decision shall be final and binding on the parties.

(b) Forum. The forum for the arbitration shall be ________________, _______________.

(c) Law. The governing law for the arbitration shall be the law of the State of ____________, without reference to its conflicts of laws provisions.

(d) Selection. There shall be three arbitrators, unless the parties are able to agree on a single arbitrator. In the absence of such agreement within ten (10) days after the initiation of an arbitration proceeding, Seller shall select one arbitrator and Buyer shall select one arbitrator, and those two arbitrators shall then select, within ten (10) days, a third arbitrator. If those two arbitrators are unable to select a third arbitrator within such ten (10)-day period, a third arbitrator shall be appointed by the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association. The decision in writing of at least two of the three arbitrators shall be final and binding upon the parties.

(e) Administration. The arbitration shall be administered by the American Arbitration Association.

(f) Rules. The rules of arbitration shall be the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association, as modified by any other instructions that the parties may agree upon at the time, except that each party shall have the right to conduct discovery in any manner and to the extent authorized by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as interpreted by the federal courts. If there is any conflict between those Rules and the provisions of this section, the provisions of this section shall prevail.

(g) Substantive Law. The arbitrators shall be bound by and shall strictly enforce the terms of this Agreement and may not limit, expand or otherwise modify its terms. The arbitrators shall make a good faith effort to apply substantive applicable law, but an arbitration decision shall not be subject to review because of errors of law. The arbitrators shall be bound to honor claims of privilege or work-product doctrine recognized at law, but the arbitrators shall have the discretion to determine whether any such claim of privilege or work product doctrine applies.

(h) Decision. The arbitrators' decision shall provide a reasoned basis for the resolution of each dispute and for any award. The arbitrators shall not have power to award damages in connection with any dispute in excess of actual compensatory damages and shall not multiply actual damages or award consequential or punitive damages or award any other damages that are excluded under the provisions of Article 11 of this Agreement.

(i) Expenses. Each party shall bear its own fees and expenses with respect to the arbitration and any proceeding related thereto and the parties shall share equally the fees and expenses of the American Arbitration Association and the arbitrators.

(j) Remedies; Award. The arbitrators shall have power and authority to award any remedy or judgment that could be awarded by a court of law in [designate jurisdiction]. The award rendered by arbitration shall be final and binding upon the parties, and judgment upon the award may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction in the United States.