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Federal Courts Teach Arbitration 101 In Recent Opinions

While state courts have been busy articulating novel interpretations of arbitration law this summer, federal courts seem intent on getting back to basics. In recent weeks, federal appellate courts have reminded parties who...more

7/26/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitration Awards Burden of Proof Class Action Commercial Contracts Educational Institutions FLSA Motion to Compel Putative Class Actions

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

7/11/2016 - Adverse Employment Action Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitration Awards Bonuses Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Federal Arbitration Act Hiring & Firing KY Supreme Court Law Firm Ownership MI Supreme Court Motion for Summary Judgment Motion to Compel NH Supreme Court Preemption Res Judicata Termination Theater Productions Vacated

New Stats From The AAA

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has not released statistics for years (other than to the CFPB). But recently, arbitration geeks got a summer solstice gift of (limited) new information. The piece is only three...more

6/30/2016 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Biotechnology Construction Disputes Contract Disputes Dispute Resolution Entertainment Industry Insurance Industry Media Pharmaceutical Industry Transportation Industry

Don’t Find Yourself SOL: Know Whether the Statute of Limitations Applies to Your Arbitration

Statutes of limitations provide peace of mind for many attorneys and clients, knowing previous conduct cannot lead to liability after a prescribed time period. But, do statutes of limitations apply to arbitration proceedings?...more

6/22/2016 - Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Revised Uniform Arbitration Act Statute of Limitations Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Young Lawyers

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

Out On A Limb, 7th Circuit Creates Circuit Split Over Class Arbitration For Employees

Of all the federal circuit courts, I was not expecting the 7th Circuit to venture out on a limb to support the NLRB’s interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) as precluding class arbitration waivers. ...more

6/7/2016 - Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Mandatory Arbitration Clauses NLRA NLRB Pre-Employment Agreements Section 7

9th Circuit Narrows Grounds For Vacating Labor Arbitration Awards

Finding that some of its previous pronouncements were leading district court judges astray, the Ninth Circuit clarified its precedent regarding the scope of review of labor arbitration awards. “We conclude that it is time for...more

5/27/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Awards Corporate Counsel Employment Contract Vacated

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

Eight [Months] Is Enough — To Waive Your Arbitration Rights

Today’s post is brought to you by the number 8. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a new opinion yesterday finding that a defendant who litigated in court for 8 months waived its right to arbitrate (aka, ARBITR8)...more

5/11/2016 - Arbitration Breach of Contract Hiring & Firing Motion to Compel Motion to Transfer Rule 26 Wrongful Termination

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

Unvacating Arbitration Awards: Quarterbacks and Car Accidents

The Second Circuit reminded us yesterday that judicial review of arbitration awards is “among the most deferential in the law.” And when district courts are not sufficiently deferential, their decisions are likely to be...more

4/27/2016 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Awards Car Accident Damages Deflategate NFL Reversal Tom Brady Vacated

Sign O’ The Times: SCOTUS Denies Cert In Franchise Arbitration Dispute

On Monday of this week, after stringing the parties along for five months, SCOTUS denied cert in a case involving the intersection between arbitration and franchise regulation. The petition was filed in November of 2015,...more

4/22/2016 - Arbitration Business Profits Federal Arbitration Act Franchise Agreements Franchisee Franchises Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Misrepresentation Preemption Prince Restaurant Industry SCOTUS

Fifth Circuit Finds Federal Jurisdiction Over $10,000 Arbitration Award

The Fifth Circuit recently addressed a hard question: what should the court consider when determining the amount in controversy for purposes of federal jurisdiction over an arbitration award? The court decided to rely on the...more

4/15/2016 - Amount in Controversy Arbitration Arbitration Awards Brokers Federal Jurisdiction

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

In 3 Recent Decisions, Supreme Court of Arkansas Deeply Divided on Arbitration

The Supreme Court of Arkansas has issued three opinions within the span of four weeks, all on the topic of whether defendants can compel arbitration. Each of the opinions came with a vigorous dissent. The cases offer an...more

3/24/2016 - Arbitration Breach of Contract Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Compel Nursing Homes SCOTUS Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

SCOTUS Summarily Reverses Second Arbitration Case This Term

Showing it will soldier on without Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court granted cert, vacated, and remanded an arbitration decision from West Virginia yesterday. Because this is the exact same treatment the Court gave a case...more

3/1/2016 - Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Remand SCOTUS Vacated

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

January Arbitration Update: Effective Vindication, Class Arbitration, and FAA Preemption

Lots of interesting arbitration law has been made already in 2016, so here is a roundup from the first four weeks of the year. As a teaser, courts have resuscitated the effective vindication doctrine, found arbitrators cannot...more

2/1/2016 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Attorney's Fees Class Action Corporate Counsel Federal Arbitration Act

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

2015: Arbitration Inches Toward Center Stage

Arbitration case law did not break any new ground in 2015. Instead, a larger sector of the public became aware of the ground already broken in 2011 and 2013, as well as how common arbitration is in professional...more

12/30/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Awards CFPB Class Action Arbitration Waivers Lance Armstrong New York Times NFL SCOTUS Tom Brady

3 Year-End Arbitration Lessons From Appellate Courts

Before I can sum up 2015 in arbitration (next post!), I need to report on some new cases coming out of the federal and state appellate courts in recent weeks. Two are just good reminders of basic arbitration law, but the...more

12/21/2015 - Arbitration Family Businesses Federal Arbitration Act Filing Deadlines Interstate Commerce RICO

Final Means Final: No Reconsideration in Arbitration

Recent decisions from the 3d and 11th Circuits drive home this point: an arbitration award is final and should not be revisited. In Robinson v. Littlefield, 2015 WL 5520017 (3d Cir. Sept. 17, 2015), the parties...more

11/20/2015 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Arbitration Awards Corporate Counsel Motion for Reconsideration Young Lawyers

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