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Louisiana Supreme Court Bounces Out on Arbitration Clause

A recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision over the enforceability of an arbitration clause has the justices battling it out. Against well-established precedent favoring arbitration clauses, the court recently found that a...more

Federal Court in Missouri Holds At-Will Employment Is Not Consideration for Noncompete

The end of the year is an opportune time for employers to make sure their noncompete and arbitration agreements are still valid. A recent Missouri federal court decision underscores how difficult it can be to enforce those...more

Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements? Not as 'Fresh & Easy' as You Think

Many companies require their employees to sign employment agreements in which the employees agree that any claims they have against the company, including class action claims, will be decided only through private arbitration...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – November 2016

Negotiating An In-Project Construction Dispute - Introduction - Many thorny and competing interests are implicated when an ongoing major construction project experiences an unanticipated event that impacts the...more

Arbitration Risks: Why Arbitration is Not Necessarily Better, Faster, or Cheaper Than Litigation

There is a widespread belief that arbitration is unequivocally a better, faster, and cheaper alternative to litigation. According to some advocates, the advantages of arbitration include (1) saving money by streamlining...more

Admission of QC to Singapore Courts Permitted Only When Necessary

The Singapore High Court has issued another decision concerning the ad hoc admission of foreign counsel, underscoring that the current admissions regime should be viewed through the prism of “need.”...more

The Use of Experts in International Arbitration: Selection of an Expert Witness

In international arbitrations, litigators from the U.S. often find a bit of the familiar mixed in with equal or greater bits of the unfamiliar. (Whether they acknowledge or treat the latter as such, alas, varies by...more

Court Grants Default Judgment Confirming Arbitration Award, With A Lesson On Jurisdiction

Choice Hotels filed an application to confirm an arbitration award of over $247,000 for the alleged breach of a franchise agreement by two defendants, which failed to timely commence construction of a hotel. The defendants...more

Brexit – the end of Pan European Patent Dispute Resolution?

For more than 40 years, resolving European cross-border disputes about patents in one proceeding has been a dream. The solution, by way of a new European Unified Patents Court (UPC), was until the summer of 2016 within...more

Third Circuit Reverses Order Denying Arbitration, Ruling That State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Of Insurance Matters Challenged...

Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company appealed from the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in a dispute related to a reinsurance participation contract with South Jersey Sanitation Company. The trial...more

Will the CFPB issue a final arbitration rule before Jan. 20?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the CFPB is pushing to finalize its arbitration rule before Donald Trump’s inauguration as President on January 20.  The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August...more

Long-Term Care Facilities: Recent Developments on Use of Arbitration Agreements

Three cases making their way through the courts demonstrate that the question of arbitration clauses in long-term care (LTC) facility admission agreements is an active and developing area of the law....more

USERRA No Bar to Enforcing Employment Arbitration Agreement, Federal Appeals Court Rules

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) does not prohibit compelling a former employee to arbitrate his USERRA claims under an arbitration agreement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

SDNY Confirms Arbitration Award Following Respondent’s Default

On an unopposed petition to confirm an arbitration award, a New York federal court treated the petition and accompanying record as a motion for summary judgment. “Thus, like unopposed summary judgment motions, unopposed...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A new trading link dropping next week will give international investors access to more than 800 stocks listed on China’s Shenzhen stock market, the boom/bust venue best known for its “rampant speculation”....more

Applying Kentucky Law, Sixth Circuit Finds Continued Employment Constitutes Assent To Arbitration Agreement

During the time Plaintiffs Aldrich and Nolan worked as recruiters for the University of Phoenix, they allegedly signed an electronic form acknowledging their understanding of updated terms to the employee handbook. The...more

Employer Alert: Key 2017 Federal Employment Law Updates

Recent federal, state, and municipal employment law developments will have a significant impact on employers in 2017. Employers must update their employee handbooks, employment agreements, arbitration agreements,...more

Employment Law - November 2016 #2

AARP Challenges EEOC’s Wellness Program Regulations - Why it matters - The AARP filed suit against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in D.C. federal court, requesting an injunction to halt the...more

The DIFC-LCIA Releases New Arbitration Rules

The new rules are designed to expedite proceedings and arbitral tribunal formations. The DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre (DIFC-LCIA) recently released new arbitration rules (2016 Rules) deigned to mirror the London Court of...more

8th Circuit Expands Arbitral Immunity Doctrine

A per curiam opinion from the 8th Circuit last week highlights that even if an arbitration goes off the rails, the only remedy is vacating (or confirming) the award. The parties cannot recover from the administrator of the...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Right to Jury Under Section 4 of Federal Arbitration Act

Bass, Berry & Sims Chris Lazarini analyzed a case outlining when a party is entitled to have a jury decide issues related to the making or enforceability of an arbitration agreement. ...more

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design...

This past summer, we wrote about two instances in which courts refused to enforce website terms presented in browsewrap agreements. As we noted, clickthrough agreements are generally more likely to be found to be enforced. ...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award, Finding That Arbitrator’s Refusal To Postpone Hearing...

The background of this case is as follows. CM South East Texas Houston LLC and South East Texas KCH Co. LLC (collectively, “CM South”) asserted breach of contract claims against CareMinders Home Care Inc. (“CareMinders”) and...more

[Webinar] The Elimination of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses and the New Repayment Rates for Proprietary Schools - Dec. 8th,12pm...

The fourth webinar in our "Decoding the FINAL Borrower Defense Rule" series will examine the ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action waivers. We’ll discuss the impact of these rules on past and future...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration

Applying Wisconsin law, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined the parties did not have an agreement to arbitrate because, even though their excess/reinsurance agreement contained “follow form” language, and the...more

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