Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Further Thoughts on the St. John’s Consumer Arbitration Study

Jeff Sovern, through his Consumer Law & Policy Blog, recently responded to our criticism that the St. John’s study didn’t include arbitration provisions with opt-out features. Jeff makes the point that since consumers don’t...more

11/18/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Federal Arbitration Act Opt-Outs

Website Hyperlink Alone Does Not Establish User’s Assent to Arbitration Agreement, Ninth Circuit Holds

In a case intersecting the 89-year-old Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and the digital era, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a consumer who did not read the company’s terms of use when ordering a product on its website was not...more

8/25/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Constructive Notice Corporate Counsel Federal Arbitration Act Terms of Service Terms of Use Websites

Tenth Circuit Rejects State Law Challenge to FAA Primacy

In the aftermath of AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, consumer lawyers have frequently argued that arbitration agreements should be invalidated if features other than the...more

1/31/2014 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

California Courts Rule for and against Arbitration

Two recent Ninth Circuit opinions and a California Supreme Court ruling demonstrate that the debate over the enforceability of consumer arbitration provisions is far from over. With the U.S. Supreme Court weighing whether to...more

10/31/2013 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration AT&T Mobility v Concepcion CFPB Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

No 'Vindication of Rights' Exception to Concepcion, Supreme Court Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered a knock-out punch to the last major court challenge to the use of class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements....more

6/21/2013 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

California Courts' Split Widens on Arbitrability of PAGA Claims

Additional questions concerning the applicability of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion to representative actions arose this week when a California intermediate court of appeals ruled that claims under the state's Private Attorneys...more

6/7/2013 - Arbitration AT&T Mobility AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Federal Arbitration Act PAGA

Third Circuit Clarifies Standards for Arbitration Motions

Resolving an issue "of utmost importance" that has divided the district courts, the Third Circuit yesterday clarified the legal standards that district courts should apply in deciding a motion to compel arbitration....more

5/30/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Compel

U.S. government takes position on validity of class action waivers in arbitration agreements with CFPB on sidelines (for now)

On January 30, the United States filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the Respondents in American Express Company v. Italian Colors Restaurant, No. 12-133, an extremely important case involving the...more

2/1/2013 - American Express Arbitration AT&T Mobility CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

Washington Supreme Court: FAA Does Not Preempt State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Agreements in Insurance Contracts

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not preempt a state statute that prohibits binding arbitration agreements in insurance contracts....more

1/30/2013 - Arbitration Agreements Binding Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Insurance Contracts McCarran-Ferguson Act Preemption

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide When Sufficient Contractual Basis Exists for Class Arbitration

In another demonstration of its interest in resolving issues arising under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will decide what contractual language provides a sufficient...more

12/11/2012 - Class Action Class Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act

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