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Maryland’s Highest Court Finds Small Claims Court Action Waived Right To Arbitrate

It is not uncommon for lenders to exempt small claims actions from their arbitration provisions. The question confronted by the Court of Appeals of Maryland in a recent case was: when a lender opts for small claims court,...more

California Invalidates Waiver of Public Injunctive Relief In Consumer Arbitration Clause

Now that Justice Gorsuch is confirmed and can take the open seat on the Supreme Court, maybe SCOTUS can move forward on the cases about whether employers can make employees waive their right to class actions in an arbitration...more

Third Circuit Goes On Formation Tour — Issues Arbitration Decisions Favoring Prisoners and Pistachio Buyers

In the past week, the Third Circuit has issued two important decisions on the formation of arbitration agreements. (Sing it Beyoncé! “Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation.”) In one, a class action was allowed to proceed...more

Samsung Shut Out Of Arbitration In Recent Consumer Class Actions

Two federal circuit courts of appeals have recently found that documents Samsung included in boxes with consumer products did not effectively create an arbitration agreement. In both cases, the documents had titles...more

SCOTUS Hearing Arbitration Case Wednesday; Spotlight On State Cases

While the Supreme Court has put off hearing a more contentious arbitration case until the fall (presumably in hopes that it will have nine justices by then), tomorrow it will hear the nursing home arbitration case from...more

3 Class Actions, 3 Motions to Compel Arbitration, 1 Class Action Survives

The Ninth, Sixth, and Third Circuits all recently issued decisions about whether putative class or collective actions could proceed despite the existence of arbitration clauses. In two of those decisions, the courts found...more

Two States Buck FAA Preemption, While Alabama Stays the Course

Three state supreme courts tackled arbitration law in recent weeks: Alabama, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. Rhode Island reversed a construction arbitration award because it disagreed with the arbitrator’s analysis. ...more

Kardashians Kept Out of Arbitration (and other recent arbitration news)

Just three weeks into the year and already my pile of arbitration cases is a skyscraper! So, I will cover a lot of ground in this update. First, the headline. Kimberly, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian moved to compel...more

2016 in Arbitration Law: Fleeting Victories for Consumer Advocates?

If I had drafted this annual summary post on November 7, 2016, it would have looked different. At that point, the year had produced numerous (final or proposed) federal regulations that significantly restricted the use of...more

Uber Enforces Arbitration Due To Delegation Clause And Opt Out

The 9th Circuit’s decision to enforce the arbitration agreement in Uber’s agreements with drivers made lots of news last week.  And although it includes no new principles of law, it does emphasize some principles that come up...more

Five Arbitration Cases You Should Know (Blogiversary Listicle #3)

I am celebrating five years of blogging by publishing one “listicle” per day this week. Monday, the topic was the five biggest surprises in arbitration law; Tuesday it was the five states most hostile to arbitration. (None...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

Beyond the Headlines Part II: What The New CFPB Report Teaches Us About Arbitration v. Litigation

In my last post, I shared some of the highlights from the first half of the new CFPB Arbitration Study.  This post covers the second half of the report, with juicy information gleaned from CFPB’s analysis of almost...more

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