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California District Court Rejects Shotgun Attacks on Arbitration Agreements

Alright, we all know in the wake of Italian Colors, Concepcion, and now many other cases that the presumption of arbitrability isn’t just a doctrine to recite in the manner of saying grace before invalidating an agreement,...more

7/15/2014 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Corporate Counsel

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Enforce Post-Suit Arbitration Agreements Based upon Employer Misconduct

The British have a phrase “too clever by half” to describe complex schemes that ultimately won’t work. We all know from cases such as Concepcion, Stolt-Nielsen, Italian Colors, and their progeny that arbitration...more

4/7/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Employer Liability Issues

Sixth Circuit Holds That Duty To Arbitrate Survives Expiration of Employment Contract, Requires Individual Arbitration

With the Supreme Court having issued a series of decisions overruling many of the roadblocks to the enforcement of arbitration agreements in the class context, we are now seeing more courts fill in the gaps as to whether and...more

3/31/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Employment Contract

California State and Federal Courts Renew Their Attacks On Arbitration Agreements

In 1991, Sega introduced the video character Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic became insanely popular, spawning several generations of videogames that are still being designed and sold today, comic books, and even a short-lived...more

11/7/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion SCOTUS

California District Court Compels Arbitration of Class and Collective Wage and Hour Claims

Dorothy Gale famously remarked upon finding herself in Oz “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Class action wage and hour plaintiffs on the west coast are now awakening to the fact that while they may still...more

7/12/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Collective Actions Collective Bargaining Employer Liability Issues Ernst & Young FLSA NLRB SCOTUS Wage and Hour

California Appellate Court Orders Arbitration and Rules that Claims May Not Proceed On Behalf of a Class Plaintiff in Macy's OT...

A recent decision from a California court of appeals reflects a growing, if at times reluctant, acceptance by California courts of employment arbitration. In Outland v. Macy’s Department Stores, Inc., Case No. A133589 (Ct....more

1/31/2013 - Arbitration AT&T Mobility Class Action D.R. Horton D.R. Horton v NLRB Federal Arbitration Act Gentry Macy's NLRA NLRB Over-Time Preemption Rest and Meal Break

The Debate Continues: Recent Eighth Circuit Decision Adds to the Growing Tension between Federal Courts and the NLRB Regarding the...

Much like a war where each side steadily amasses victories and defeats, the federal courts and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continue to have diverging opinions on the enforceability of class action waivers in...more

1/30/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers FLSA NLRB Owen v Bristol Care

Courts Continue to Wrestle With Arbitration Issues

Decades ago, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act to combat the hostility courts showed towards arbitration agreements. Since that time, the Supreme Court has repeatedly pronounced the public policy in favor of the...more

12/17/2012 - American Express Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Nitro-Lift Technologies Non-Compete Agreements Oxford Health Split of Authority UBS

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