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Top 5 Things the Financial Industry Needs to do in Response to the CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Rule

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a long awaited and highly controversial proposed rule that, if adopted, would prohibit certain financial services companies from banning consumer class...more

7/25/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Class Rep Can Opt Out of Arbitration for All (And Other Recent State Court Anomalies)

Continuing last week’s theme of “States Gone Wild,” here are three more oddball summer decisions from state supreme courts. All of them find interesting paths around federal case law (IMHO). Georgia Says Class Complaint...more

7/15/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Banking Sector Banks Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Construction Defects Construction Industry Consumer Financial Contracts Contractors D.R. Horton Health Care Providers Motion to Compel Nursing Homes Overdraft Fees Severability Doctrine SunTrust Wrongful Death

Three Blockbuster Summer Arbitration Decisions

While regular people count down the days to summer blockbusters that come in the form of high-paid actors fighting aliens or robots, I prefer my summer blockbusters in the form of arbitration opinions that have been months in...more

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New Jersey Becomes Third Recent State Court to Refuse To Enforce Delegation Clause

In a decision that appears intentionally controversial, the Supreme Court of New Jersey yesterday refused to enforce the delegation clause in a for-profit college’s enrollment agreement in a 5-1 opinion. Morgan v. Sanford...more

6/16/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Delegation Clauses For Profit Colleges Misrepresentation NJ Supreme Court Student Enrollment Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Fishermen Avoid Being Caught In Arbitration’s Net

What are the defining characteristics of an arbitration agreement? The dissent in a new 9th Circuit case took on that vexing issue, while the majority sidestepped it altogether while refusing to compel arbitration....more

5/23/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Corporate Counsel Federal Arbitration Act Fishing Industry Motion to Compel Purchase Agreement

Hold Onto Your Hats: CFPB Proposed Rules Will Lead to Lots of Class Action Litigation

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed the rules that it previewed last fall, following up on its Arbitration Study. Those rules would essentially ban class action waivers from consumer financial...more

5/6/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Services Industry Service Contracts

Emerging Trends in Arbitration: Battle Brewing Between Executive and Judicial Branches

In recent years, arbitration has become a divisive issue. Exemplifying the increased public focus on arbitration, The New York Times ran a three-part series in 2015 that was very critical of the state of arbitration law. In...more

4/12/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Federal Arbitration Act Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Mandatory Arbitration Clauses NLRB Putative Class Actions Service Contracts

Fourth Circuit Finds Availability Of Class Arbitration Is Question For Courts, Not Arbitrators

Joining the Sixth and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit this week held that “whether an arbitration clause permits class arbitration is a gateway question of arbitrability for the court.” Dell Web...more

3/31/2016 - Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Arbitration Construction Defects Construction Industry Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Residential Real Estate Market

Exhibit C For The Case That California Is No Longer Anti-Arbitration

The Supreme Court of California this week enforced the arbitration agreement between an employee and employer. Yes, you read that right. While reputed to be reliably anti-arbitration, California’s highest court continues to...more

3/30/2016 - Arbitration Agreements CA Supreme Court Federal Arbitration Act Pre-Employment Agreements Unconscionable Contracts

Ninth Circuit Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause In Sham Franchise Agreement

A short new opinion from the Ninth Circuit may run counter to long-standing Supreme Court precedent. In Casa Del Caffe Vergnano v. Italflavors, 2016 WL 1016779 (9th Cir. Mar. 15, 2016), the court refused to enforce an...more

3/17/2016 - Arbitration Agreements Commercial Contracts Corporate Counsel Franchise Agreements Franchisee Hold Harmless Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Montana Finds Arbitration Agreement Unconscionable For Lack of Mutuality

March comes in like a lion, right?  Well, that’s not true with respect to the weather here in Minneapolis.  But it may be true with respect to arbitration decisions from around the country.  This post focuses on two recent...more

3/14/2016 - AL Supreme Court American Arbitration Association Arbitration Agreements Banking Sector Consumer Contracts Corporate Counsel MT Supreme Court Unconscionable Contracts Young Lawyers

Scalia Sizzled on Arbitration

Justice Scalia wrote some blockbuster decisions about arbitration, enforcing arbitration agreements regardless of their real-world impact, and making a potentially dry topic exciting and contentious. Readers of his opinions...more

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Three Appellate Courts Remand for Trial on Existence of Agreement to Arbitrate

Most questions of arbitrability can be resolved on motion, using a summary judgment-like standard. However, just like summary judgment, if there are genuine disputes of material fact about whether a claim must be arbitrated...more

2/12/2016 - AL Supreme Court Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Corporate Counsel Motion to Compel

Fourth Circuit Holds Arbitration Agreement May Not Waive All Federal Statutory Rights

This week, the Fourth Circuit interpreted SCOTUS’s Italian Colors decision as precluding the waiver of federal statutory rights in an arbitration agreement.  In this sequel of sorts, the Fourth Circuit interpreted a modified...more

2/5/2016 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Agreements Corporate Counsel FDCPA Payday Loans Putative Class Actions SCOTUS Statutory Rights TCPA

SCOTUS’s Arbitration Docket Contracts

The actual and potential arbitration docket at the Supreme Court contracted in the last week due to three events. First, SCOTUS made quick work of an appeal from the Hawaii Supreme Court. Remember when I predicted that...more

1/14/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements DirecTV v Imburgia SCOTUS

Alabama Acknowledges AAA Rules Authorize Arbitrator To Determine Whether Non-Signatory Is Bound

The Alabama Supreme Court has followed the Eighth Circuit’s lead, concluding that when the parties agree to arbitrate pursuant to the AAA Rules, they have clearly and unmistakably authorized the arbitrator to determine who is...more

1/11/2016 - AL Supreme Court American Arbitration Association Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Non-Signatories

SCOTUS Finds California’s Contract Interpretation Skills Lacking In New Arbitration Decision

Just under the wire, SCOTUS released an arbitration opinion today, ensuring that 2015 would continue the string of years with cases interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act. In DIRECTV v. Imburgia, the Supreme Court found...more

12/15/2015 - Arbitration Agreements Class Action Arbitration Waivers DirectTV Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

CFPB Likely To Require Access To Class Actions And Data On Individual Arbitrations

Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has positioned himself as the Boogeyman that financial companies fear this Halloween season. Earlier this month, the CFPB outlined the proposals under...more

10/23/2015 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Banking Sector Banks CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Institutions Financial Transactions FINRA

SCOTUS Selects Second Arbitration Case For 2015 Term

2015 was a dry spell in arbitration decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, but 2016 promises to be much more interesting. In addition to the California case being heard next week, SCOTUS just granted certiorari over another...more

10/2/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility AT&T Mobility v Concepcion CA Supreme Court Certiorari Federal Arbitration Act Independent Contractors Military Service Members Misclassification Motion to Compel SCOTUS Severability Doctrine

Kentucky Supreme Court Compares Giving Up Jury Trial To Giving Up Parental Rights; Refuses To Enforce Arbitration

Nursing home arbitration agreements are among the most unpopular arbitration agreements around.  Last week, Kentucky’s Supreme Court issued a lengthy, but fractured, opinion, finding three arbitration agreements were never...more

9/28/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Decedent Protection Federal Arbitration Act Health Care Providers Healthcare Jury Trial KY Supreme Court Long Term Care Facilities Motion to Compel Nursing Homes Personal Property Power of Attorney Preemption Supremacy Clause Wrongful Death

To (b)(1) or not to (b)(1): What to Call your Rule 12 Arbitration Motion

Let’s say your client gets sued in court, the parties have an arbitration agreement, and you want to compel arbitration right away and not mess around with any other court proceedings. You already know you can make a motion...more

8/21/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act Federal Rule 12(b)(1) Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Motion to Compel

California Upholds Controversial Arbitration Clause Within Consumer Contract

California is changing its tune. Although previously known for decisions that flouted federal arbitration law, its decision yesterday in Sanchez shows the current California Supreme Court will abide by SCOTUS’s...more

8/5/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion CA Supreme Court Class Action Consumers Legal Remedies Act Federal Arbitration Act Mercedes-Benz SCOTUS Waivers

State Courts Disagree About Incorporating Arbitration Agreements By Reference (Post #200!)

One way to challenge the very existence of an agreement to arbitrate is to say that the parties’ contract said nothing about arbitration and did not validly incorporate any other document calling for arbitration. Oklahoma...more

7/22/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Automotive Industry Dispute Resolution Insurance Industry Mediation Motion to Compel

Should You Cut The Delegation Clause From Your Arbitration Agreement?

A recent report showed that less than half of arbitration agreements in the consumer financial arena include delegation clauses in their arbitration agreements. Two recent decisions from state high courts suggest that is a...more

7/15/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Construction Contracts Construction Defects Delegation Clauses Dispute Resolution Federal Arbitration Act Homeowners SCOTUS Student Enrollment Unconscionable Contracts

Hawaii Finds Arbitration Agreement With “Severe Limitations on Discovery” is Unconscionable

Hawaii issued a bold arbitration decision this month. It applied its state contract law to conclude that the parties did not form a clear arbitration agreement, but even if they did, it was unconscionable because it...more

6/22/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Corporate Counsel Declaration of Condominium Discovery Federal Arbitration Act Fiduciary Duty Mediation Punitive Damages Real Estate Market Unconscionable Contracts

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