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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

4/22/2016 - Arbitration Business Profits Federal Arbitration Act Franchise Agreements Franchisee Franchises Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Misrepresentation Preemption Prince Restaurant Industry SCOTUS

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

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

3/1/2016 - Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Remand SCOTUS Vacated

Fourth Circuit Holds Arbitration Agreement May Not Waive All Federal Statutory Rights

This week, the Fourth Circuit interpreted SCOTUS’s Italian Colors decision as precluding the waiver of federal statutory rights in an arbitration agreement.  In this sequel of sorts, the Fourth Circuit interpreted a modified...more

2/5/2016 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Agreements Corporate Counsel FDCPA Payday Loans Putative Class Actions SCOTUS Statutory Rights TCPA

SCOTUS’s Arbitration Docket Contracts

The actual and potential arbitration docket at the Supreme Court contracted in the last week due to three events. First, SCOTUS made quick work of an appeal from the Hawaii Supreme Court. Remember when I predicted that...more

1/14/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements DirecTV v Imburgia SCOTUS

2015: Arbitration Inches Toward Center Stage

Arbitration case law did not break any new ground in 2015. Instead, a larger sector of the public became aware of the ground already broken in 2011 and 2013, as well as how common arbitration is in professional...more

12/30/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Awards CFPB Class Action Arbitration Waivers Lance Armstrong New York Times NFL SCOTUS Tom Brady

SCOTUS Finds California’s Contract Interpretation Skills Lacking In New Arbitration Decision

Just under the wire, SCOTUS released an arbitration opinion today, ensuring that 2015 would continue the string of years with cases interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act. In DIRECTV v. Imburgia, the Supreme Court found...more

12/15/2015 - Arbitration Agreements Class Action Arbitration Waivers DirectTV Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

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

10/8/2015 - Arbitration AT&T Mobility AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian Iskanian v CLS Transportation NLRA NLRB NV Supreme Court Preemption Putative Class Actions SCOTUS Unconscionable Contracts Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

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

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

8/5/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion CA Supreme Court Class Action Consumers Legal Remedies Act Federal Arbitration Act Mercedes-Benz SCOTUS Waivers

Should You Cut The Delegation Clause From Your Arbitration Agreement?

A recent report showed that less than half of arbitration agreements in the consumer financial arena include delegation clauses in their arbitration agreements. Two recent decisions from state high courts suggest that is a...more

7/15/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Construction Contracts Construction Defects Delegation Clauses Dispute Resolution Federal Arbitration Act Homeowners SCOTUS Student Enrollment Unconscionable Contracts

Circuit Split Persists Regarding Whether Arbitrator’s “Manifest Disregard” Of Law Can Vacate Arbitration Award

Three years ago, this blog catalogued where all the federal circuits stood on the issue of whether an arbitration award that “manifestly disregarded the law” could be vacated under the Federal Arbitration Act, as that is not...more

6/25/2015 - Ameriprise Financial Arbitration Arbitration Awards Dispute Resolution Federal Arbitration Act Halliburton Manifest Disregard Mediation SCOTUS

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

3/23/2015 - Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers DirectTV DirecTV v Imburgia False Advertising SCOTUS

SCOTUS Allows California to Interpret Federal Arbitration Act As Excluding Private Attorney General Claims

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in the Iskanian case from the California Supreme Court. In doing so, SCOTUS allowed one of the most interesting Federal Arbitration Act interpretations in...more

1/21/2015 - Arbitration Enforcement Actions Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian Labor Code Petition for Writ of Certiorari Private Attorneys General Act Putative Class Actions SCOTUS

2014: The Year of Arbitrator Authority

A lot of interesting arbitration law was made this year, on topics from validity to vacatur, but the banner issue was arbitrator authority.  SCOTUS announced that theme for the year with its BG Group decision in March and...more

1/2/2015 - Arbitral Authority Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitrators Barnes and Noble BG Group v Republic of Argentina Contract Formation Federal Arbitration Act General Mills Iskanian Robert Half SCOTUS SiriusXM

Another Federal Appeals Court Finds Availability of Class Arbitration Is Question for Court

In a footnote in Sutter, SCOTUS hinted that the question of whether an arbitration agreement allowed for class arbitration may be one of the “gateway” questions of arbitrability that are presumptively for courts to decide....more

8/4/2014 - Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Class Certification SCOTUS

SCOTUS Will Not Reconsider Fate Of Delaware’s Business Arbitrations; NLRB’s Class Action Arbitration Decision Loses Again

SCOTUS announced today that it would not review the Third Circuit’s decision in Strine v. Delaware Coalition for Open Government, Inc, holding that Delaware’s Chancery Court could not offer its judges’ services as neutral...more

3/24/2014 - Arbitrators Class Action Collective Actions Federal Arbitration Act FLSA NLRB SCOTUS

Sixth Circuit Is First To Find Availability Of Class Arbitration Is Gateway Issue To Be Decided By Courts

Just four months ago, SCOTUS suggested (but did not hold) that the decision to allow class arbitrations might be a “gateway” issue of arbitrability that defaults to courts. This week, the Sixth Circuit was the first to take...more

11/11/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Contract Drafting SCOTUS

SCOTUS Set To Hear At Least One Arbitration Case This Term

The U.S. Supreme Court has been knocking out blockbuster arbitration opinions annually in recent years. 2010? Stolt-Nielsen and Rent-a-Center. 2011? Concepcion. 2012? CompuCredit (Okay, that does not qualify as a...more

10/10/2013 - BG Group v Republic of Argentina Bilateral Investment Treaties SCOTUS UNCITRAL

Second And Ninth Circuits Allow Employers To Preclude Collective FLSA Claims, Rejecting NLRB Ruling

In January of this year, the Eighth Circuit was the first federal appellate court to refuse to adopt the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling on class action waivers in employment contracts. (The previous year, in D.R....more

9/4/2013 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Collective Actions FLSA NLRB SCOTUS

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

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

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