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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

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

Same Arbitration Story, Different Jurisdiction: NAF, NLRB, and Nursing Homes

Some arbitration topics just never die. This post strings together new cases on three of those topics: 1) whether arbitration agreements that call for the now-defunct National Arbitration Forum (NAF) are enforceable; 2)...more

11/9/2015 - AL Supreme Court Arbitration Class Action Arbitration Waivers D.R. Horton v NLRB Murphy Oil USA NLRB Nursing Homes PA Supreme Court

“Older Workers” Do Not Have To Arbitrate Statutory Employment Claim

Arbitration is having its 15 minutes of fame. Thanks to a series in the New York Times, my inbox is full of links to the articles, questions about the information, and fascinating commentary. [Next time I am in Oakland, I...more

11/2/2015 - ADEA Arbitration CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Collective Actions Consumer Financial Products Federal Arbitration Act General Mills New York Times OWBPA

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

Arbitration Puzzler: Nevada’s Anti-Waiver Rule Preempted; California’s Anti-Waiver Rule Not Preempted

Two opinions came out recently in disputes over the arbitrability of putative class actions alleging that employees were not paid for overtime (and other labor violations). In one, the Nevada Supreme Court acknowledged that...more

10/8/2015 - Arbitration AT&T Mobility AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian Iskanian v CLS Transportation NLRA NLRB NV Supreme Court Preemption Putative Class Actions SCOTUS Unconscionable Contracts Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

SCOTUS Will Hear Arbitration Case in October Term

Just as I was beginning to worry that arbitration had fallen out of favor at the nation’s highest court… today the Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case of DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia during its October Term, an...more

3/23/2015 - Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers DirectTV DirecTV v Imburgia False Advertising SCOTUS

Another Federal Appeals Court Finds Availability of Class Arbitration Is Question for Court

In a footnote in Sutter, SCOTUS hinted that the question of whether an arbitration agreement allowed for class arbitration may be one of the “gateway” questions of arbitrability that are presumptively for courts to decide....more

8/4/2014 - Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Class Certification SCOTUS

California Maintains Some Restrictions On The Waivers Allowable In Employment Arbitration Agreements

This week the Supreme Court of California held that the FAA preempts California’s 2007 Gentry ruling, one that protected employees from nearly all class action waivers in arbitration agreements. Iskanian v. CLS Transp. Los...more

6/26/2014 - Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers CLS Transportation Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian Mandatory Arbitration Clauses PAGA Trucking Industry

Fifth Circuit Overrules NLRB, Finds D.R. Horton May Preclude Class Arbitration

After three federal circuits had already refused to defer to the NLRB’s decision in D.R. Horton, it is not surprising that the Fifth Circuit yesterday overruled the NLRB’s critical holding: that precluding class arbitrations...more

12/5/2013 - Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers D.R. Horton D.R. Horton v NLRB NLRA NLRB

First State Court Decision Is Reversed Under SCOTUS’ Amex Ruling

Put this post in the “I called it” category - On June 12, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared in Feeney that class arbitration waivers are invalid under Massachusetts law if plaintiffs cannot effectively...more

8/6/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

Employment Class And Collective Action Insight: U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Arbitration Class-Action Waivers Are Valid, Even If...

On June 20, 2013, in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the U.S. Supreme Court held that, under the Federal Arbitration Act, courts cannot invalidate a class arbitration waiver on the ground that the...more

6/26/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

Massachusetts Invalidates Arbitration Agreement Because Plaintiffs Could Not Effectively Pursue Small Value Claims

As we were waiting for SCOTUS’s decision in AmEx, we got a decision on vindicating statutory rights from a different high court: the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. ...more

6/14/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers

SCOTUS Hears AmEx III: Argument Highlights

The Supreme Court heard arguments in AmEx III today, the case that presents the question whether an arbitration agreement precluding class actions can be invalid if it makes it impossible for plaintiffs to vindicate federal...more

2/28/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

Non-Signatories Lose In Two Federal Circuits When Trying To Enforce Arbitration

Two federal circuit courts recently reversed district court decisions allowing non-signatories to compel arbitration. The analysis emphasizes that for a defendant to prove equitable estoppel compels arbitration, the...more

2/22/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Arbitration Waivers Equitable Estoppel Grocery Stores Motion to Compel Non-Signatories Supply Contracts

Could Arbitration Of Cost-Prohibitive State Law Claims Be Compelled While Similar Federal Claims Stay In Court?

A recent decision from a federal district court in Tennessee raises a discrepancy in how the courts treat arbitration agreements that hinder a plaintiff’s state law and federal law claims. Cases under the FAA state that...more

2/15/2013 - American Express Arbitration AT&T Mobility AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Delegation Clauses Federal Arbitration Act Preemption SCOTUS State Law Tort Claims

DOJ Message To SCOTUS: Do Not Enforce Arbitration Agreements That Invalidate Federal Statutory Rights

On January 29, the U.S. Dept. of Justice filed an amicus brief supporting respondents in AmEx III, arguing that to enforce the class arbitration waiver would be to create a large loophole for important federal laws. The...more

2/8/2013 - American Express Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Arbitration Waivers DOJ SCOTUS Solicitor General

Eighth Circuit “Owes No Deference” To NLRB Ruling On Class Arbitration

One year ago, the NLRB ruled in D.R. Horton, Inc. that it is a violation of federal labor law for employers to require their employees to sign arbitration agreements waiving class actions, and that any arbitration agreements...more

1/11/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Arbitration Waivers D.R. Horton D.R. Horton v NLRB Employment Contract FLSA NLRA NLRB Waivers

2012 In Arbitration Law: Is Class Arbitration Naughty Or Nice?

The big issue in arbitration law in 2012 was class arbitration. Many state court opinions that had found class arbitration waivers unconscionable were preempted under federal law based on application of Concepcion. And the...more

12/21/2012 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Preemption SCOTUS Split of Authority Stolt-Nielsen

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