Liz Kramer

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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

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

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

3/24/2016 - Arbitration Breach of Contract Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Compel Nursing Homes SCOTUS Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Three Appellate Courts Remand for Trial on Existence of Agreement to Arbitrate

Most questions of arbitrability can be resolved on motion, using a summary judgment-like standard. However, just like summary judgment, if there are genuine disputes of material fact about whether a claim must be arbitrated...more

2/12/2016 - AL Supreme Court Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Corporate Counsel Motion to Compel

SCOTUS Selects Second Arbitration Case For 2015 Term

2015 was a dry spell in arbitration decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, but 2016 promises to be much more interesting. In addition to the California case being heard next week, SCOTUS just granted certiorari over another...more

10/2/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility AT&T Mobility v Concepcion CA Supreme Court Certiorari Federal Arbitration Act Independent Contractors Military Service Members Misclassification Motion to Compel SCOTUS Severability Doctrine

Kentucky Supreme Court Compares Giving Up Jury Trial To Giving Up Parental Rights; Refuses To Enforce Arbitration

Nursing home arbitration agreements are among the most unpopular arbitration agreements around.  Last week, Kentucky’s Supreme Court issued a lengthy, but fractured, opinion, finding three arbitration agreements were never...more

9/28/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Decedent Protection Federal Arbitration Act Health Care Providers Healthcare Jury Trial KY Supreme Court Long Term Care Facilities Motion to Compel Nursing Homes Personal Property Power of Attorney Preemption Supremacy Clause Wrongful Death

To (b)(1) or not to (b)(1): What to Call your Rule 12 Arbitration Motion

Let’s say your client gets sued in court, the parties have an arbitration agreement, and you want to compel arbitration right away and not mess around with any other court proceedings. You already know you can make a motion...more

8/21/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act Federal Rule 12(b)(1) Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Motion to Compel

Second Circuit Clarifies That Arbitrable Claims Should Be Stayed, Not Dismissed

Parties who ask a court to compel arbitration of all the plaintiff’s claims have a decision to make: should they ask the court to stay the claims or dismiss them (if it finds them arbitrable)? After noting that the federal...more

7/30/2015 - Arbitration Dispute Resolution Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Compel Motion To Stay

State Courts Disagree About Incorporating Arbitration Agreements By Reference (Post #200!)

One way to challenge the very existence of an agreement to arbitrate is to say that the parties’ contract said nothing about arbitration and did not validly incorporate any other document calling for arbitration. Oklahoma...more

7/22/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Automotive Industry Dispute Resolution Insurance Industry Mediation Motion to Compel

“Harmonizing” Contract Language Leads Two Circuit Courts To Deny Arbitration

Two parties recently convinced federal circuit courts that the language of their arbitration agreements was not sufficient to compel arbitration of their disputes. Both cases turned on how courts “harmonize” language from...more

10/23/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Contract Interpretation Motion to Compel

A Motion To Compel Arbitration “Answers” A Complaint

I field a lot of good procedural questions about how arbitration pleadings should be styled. Some of them are answered within the text of the FAA, but many of them leave clerks of court and practitioners scratching their...more

4/28/2014 - Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Compel

Arbitration Clauses Survive Their Contracts 99% Of The Time

The Sixth Circuit recently answered a question I get asked regularly: does an arbitration clause survive the termination of the contract containing it? I usually say yes, and thankfully the Sixth Circuit backed me up....more

4/1/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Employment Contract FLSA Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Motion to Compel

Third Circuit Clarifies When Additional Discovery Must Be Allowed On Arbitrability

In an opinion that feels a bit like a report from the annual meeting of arbitration nerds, the Third Circuit last week clarified when district courts must allow discovery about arbitrability. ...more

6/3/2013 - Arbitration Class Action Discovery Motion to Compel Summary Judgment

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

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 Subject Matter Jurisdiction Waivers

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