Liz Kramer

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Administration Joins Courts In Prohibiting Arbitration In Nursing Home Admissions

Within the U.S. Government, the CFPB has gotten most of the attention for trying to regulate consumer arbitration. But this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are bumping the CFPB out of the...more

10/17/2016 - American Bar Association (ABA) Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Binding Arbitration CMS Contract Terms Health Care Providers Healthcare Long Term Care Facilities Long-Term Care Medicaid Medicare Nursing Homes Skilled Nursing Facility

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

10/6/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act Health Care Providers Healthcare Nursing Homes USERRA

Futility Trumps Waiver of Arbitration Rights in Third Circuit

Echoing a holding already issued by four other circuits, the Third Circuit recently found that a defendant does not waive its right to arbitration by continuing to litigate in court, if the reason it failed to move to compel...more

9/26/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Motion to Compel Real Estate Market

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

9/15/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Credit Checks Delegation Clauses Hiring & Firing Independent Contractors Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Misclassification Motion to Compel Opt-Outs Sharing Economy Transportation Industry Uber Wage and Hour

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

9/7/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitration Awards Energy Sector Federal Arbitration Act Football KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Mexico NFL Oil & Gas Vacated Work Suspensions Young Lawyers

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

8/26/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Five Biggest Surprises In The Arbitration Process (Blogiversary Listicle #4)

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;...more

8/26/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Bifurcation Confidentiality Agreements

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

8/25/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Oxford Health v Sutter Preemption Severability Doctrine Standard of Review Young Lawyers

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

8/24/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act

Five Biggest Surprises In Arbitration Law (Blogiversary Listicle #1)

Do you hear the corks popping, friends??  You should, because the imaginary champagne was just opened and the balloons have been released to the far corners of the internets in honor of ArbitrationNation’s FIFTH ANNIVERSARY! ...more

8/23/2016 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Contract Terms Litigation Strategies Vacatur Young Lawyers

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

8/10/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Fees Attorney Malpractice Corporate Counsel Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Dismiss Motion To Lift Automatic Stay Young Lawyers

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

8/3/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Dispute Resolution Federal Arbitration Act Third-Party Young Lawyers

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

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