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SCOTUS Reverses KY Nursing Home Arbitration Decision; Refuses To Prioritize Right To Jury Trial

Just as I predicted, SCOTUS reversed the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision in Kindred this morning. The interesting piece, though, is that the seven member majority went out of its way to cut off some of the “on trend”...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

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

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

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

Nebraska Real Estate And Nebraska Borrowers, But Federal Arbitration Act Applies

In a fight over whether a single lending transaction involved interstate commerce, the Supreme Court of Nebraska found the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applied and preempted its state arbitration act. Wilczewski v. Charter...more

Arbitrator’s False Credentials Are Sufficient To Vacate Award

In most circumstances, the Federal Arbitration Act requires that the losing party move to vacate an arbitration award within three months. However, the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that the three-month timeline can be...more

SCOTUS Accepts Review of Kentucky Nursing Home Arbitration Case

On October 28, the Supreme Court granted a cert petition in a case in which the Kentucky Supreme Court refused to enforce arbitration agreements in nursing home agreements.  (Kentucky recently topped my list of states hostile...more

Louisiana Rejects Arbitration Clause In Contract Of Adhesion

The Supreme Court of Louisiana refuses to send customers who were injured while playing at Sky Zone to arbitration, finding that the arbitration clause “is adhesionary and therefore unenforceable”. Duhon v. Activelaf, LLC,...more

Preemption Parade: FAA Rolls Over Three State Rules

Lest anyone think that the preemption doctrine in arbitration has gone dormant, today’s cases should set the record straight.  Courts have recently found the FAA preempted state rules in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and...more

Lessons From Recently Vacated Arbitration Awards

While I was busy blogging out listicles and “think pieces” last month, my stack of unread arbitration cases grew exponentially.  August was apparently a very busy month for publishing arbitration opinions.  Maybe most...more

Five Things That Should Be In Your Arbitration Agreement (Blogiversary Listicle #5)

I am celebrating my fifth anniversary of blogging by publishing one listicle per day this week, and today is the last one (sniff, sniff). To recap: Monday’s topic was the five biggest surprises in arbitration law; Tuesday’s...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

Five States Most Hostile To Arbitration (Blogiversary Listicle #2)

I am celebrating five years of blogging by publishing one “listicle” per day this week.  Yesterday, the topic was the five biggest surprises in arbitration law.  Today, it is the five states where I would not want to argue in...more

Is Refusal To Pay Fees A Way Out Of Arbitration?

The 9th Circuit recently allowed a claimant to proceed in court after her arbitration had been terminated due to her  failure to pay half the arbitration fees. Tillman v. Tillman, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 3343785 (9th Cir. June...more

What’s in a Name?: Defining Arbitration Across the Circuits

What is “arbitration”? Although courts often use and apply the word, rarely do they stop to define it. While the FAA concerns agreements to “settle by arbitration a controversy,” the FAA does not define “arbitration,”...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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