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What A-Rod Can Teach About A-rbitration

Arbitration is in the news. Not just a buried paragraph in the business section, but the front page. (A three-arbitrator panel issued a 34-page arbitration award finding Major League Baseball was justified in suspending...more

1/14/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitration Awards Federal Arbitration Act

The Easiest Arbitration Agreement To Avoid May Be The One Between Attorney And Client

The First and Ninth Circuits recently issued opinions concerning the validity of state laws requiring “informed consent” to, or “full disclosure” of, arbitration clauses in attorney retainer agreements. Although the First...more

12/24/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Ninth Circuit Says Arbitration Agreements Cannot Restrict Grounds For Vacating Award

In the Hall Street decision in 2008, SCOTUS held that parties could not contractually enlarge Section 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act by agreeing that a court could vacate the arbitration award for reasons not found in that...more

12/19/2013 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitration Awards Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Vacate

“Manifest Disregard Of The Law” Is Alive And Well And Vacating Arbitrations In Fourth Circuit

The Federal Arbitration Act sets forth only four bases for vacating arbitration awards. See 9 U.S.C. § 10 (a). After SCOTUS’s 2008 decision in Hall Street, at least half of the circuit courts have concluded that those four...more

11/7/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Awards Contract Interpretation Federal Arbitration Act

Two Circuit Courts Demonstrate How Difficult It Is To Vacate Arbitration Awards

The Second Circuit decision has more drama, so I’ll start there. In Kolel Beth Yechiel Mechil of Tartik-Ov, Inc. v. YLL Irrevocable Trust, __ F.3d __, 2013 WL 4609100 (2d Cir. Aug. 30, 2013), the losing party in an...more

9/26/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitration Awards Collective Bargaining Federal Arbitration Act Issue Preclusion Unions

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

Court Affirms Arbitrator’s Decision To Preclude Party From Defending Against Claim As Sanction For Fabricating Evidence

In a decision that confirms arbitrators’ broad discretion to not only fashion remedies, but also fashion sanctions, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that an arbitrator did not exceed his power by issuing a severe sanction:...more

7/24/2013 - Arbitration Arbitrators Claim Preclusion Evidence Federal Arbitration Act Sanctions

If “Grave Error” Is Not Enough To Vacate An Arbitrator’s Decision, What Is?

The recent Sutter decision drives home repeatedly that a court may not vacate an arbitrator’s decision under the FAA just because a judge thinks the arbitrator reached the wrong result. ...more

7/11/2013 - Arbitration Arbitrators Binding Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Plain Error

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

SCOTUS Says “Tough Luck” To Plaintiffs Whose Claims Are Too Pricey To Prove In Individual Arbitrations

In American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, a divided Supreme Court today reversed the Second Circuit and held that plaintiffs may not invalidate an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver merely...more

6/21/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Federal Arbitration Act Legal Costs SCOTUS Sherman Act The Clayton Act Waivers

SCOTUS Affirms Arbitrator’s Decision To Allow Class Arbitration In Sutter

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Sutter today, unanimously holding that as long as the arbitrator bases a decision to allow or disallow class arbitration on the text of the parties’ agreement, her “construction...more

6/11/2013 - Arbitration Awards Class Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Oxford Health v Sutter SCOTUS Sutter

Arbitrator’s Creative IP Remedy Upheld Because It Furthered “General Aims Of Agreement”

In a dispute over whether an arbitrator has authority to grant a video game developer and publisher a perpetual license in the intellectual property as a remedy for the developer’s fraud and breaches of contract, the Fifth...more

4/26/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitration Awards Federal Arbitration Act Fraud Remedies Video Games

Ninth Circuit Revives California Law That Allows Plaintiffs Seeking Injunctive Relief To Avoid Arbitration

More than one year ago, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit determined that California case law, which precluded arbitration of claims asking for public injunctive relief, was preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act. ...more

4/18/2013 - Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Injunctions Preemption Remedies

SCOTUS Struggles With Standard Of Review For Arbitrator’s Decision To Allow Class Arbitration

While the oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in Sutter today was ostensibly about whether to affirm an arbitrator’s decision that the parties’ contract authorized class arbitration, the decision really turns...more

3/26/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Certification Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS Standard of Review

Seventh Circuit Is Sick Of Arbitration Appeals; Threatens “High Risk Of Sanctions”

In an opinion released yesterday, the Seventh Circuit schooled appellant’s counsel first on the application of the New York Convention and Panama Convention, then on the high standard of review it applies to commercial...more

3/20/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Awards Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Vacate Sanctions

Contributions To Arbitrator’s Judicial Campaign Are Not Enough To Establish “Evident Partiality”

The Third Circuit refused to vacate an arbitrator’s award, despite allegations that she failed to disclose contributions the defendant’s parent company had made to her judicial campaign and failed to disclose that she...more

3/13/2013 - Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Impartiality Political Contributions

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

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 Cost Prohibitive Arbitration Defense Delegation Clauses Federal Arbitration Act Preemption SCOTUS State Law Tort Claims

Any Agreement To Submit Disputes To A Third Party Is An “Arbitration Agreement” Subject To FAA

Did you know that you can form an arbitration agreement without ever using the word “arbitration”? That’s what the Second Circuit held this week in Bakoss v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds of London, __ F.3d __, 2013 238708...more

1/25/2013 - Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act

Abstention Trumps Arbitration In Tenth Circuit

The Tenth Circuit this week refused to consider a plaintiff’s substantive arguments about its right to arbitrate because it found abstention was appropriate under the Colorado River doctrine. D.A. Osguthorpe Family P’ship v....more

1/17/2013 - Abstention Arbitration Agreements Dismissals Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Compel Osguthorpe Rooker-Feldman Doctrine Subject Matter Jurisdiction 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

Preview Of SCOTUS’s 2013 Double-Feature On Class Arbitration

Just last Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to review a second circuit court case that allowed a class action to proceed, despite arguments that the arbitration clause precluded any collective actions. The granting of these...more

12/11/2012 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

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