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Supreme Court Agrees to Review California Rule Invalidating Contractor Arbitration Agreements

On October 1, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a company whose mandatory arbitration agreements with its contractors were deemed invalid by California state courts. Once again, the Court will determine...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That State Decision Barring Waiver Of Representative Claims Does Not Conflict With Federal Arbitration Act

On June 25, 2012 and July 7, 2014, we reported on the issue of waiver of representative claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”). In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles, LLC, the...more

Justices Take On Another California Rule – When an Arbitration Agreement Is Too Flawed to Enforce

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a California state court rule on unconscionable provisions that is purportedly applied more stringently to arbitration agreements...more

PAGA In The News – Ninth Circuit Sides with California Supreme Court On Enforcement of PAGA Waivers and California Amends The...

The Ninth Circuit Decision - Delivering a perhaps unexpected blow to employers, the Ninth Circuit sided with the California Supreme Court earlier this week in upholding the state-court-fashioned Iskanian rule, which...more

Don’t Throw the Class Waiver Baby Out with the Arbitration Agreement Bathwater

Sound advice that the world has lived with since 1512…until recently flushed by the Ninth Circuit. Not so quick to discard 500 years of wisdom, however, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether this idiom will rest in...more

Down The Arbitration Rabbit Hole: Ninth Circuit Refuses To Enforce Employee’s Waiver Of PAGA Claims

On September 28, 2015, the Ninth Circuit held in Shukri Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc. that the FAA does not preempt the rule that the California Supreme Court enunciated in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation that...more

Sixth Circuit Reverses Vacatur Of Award Stressing Limited Scope Of Permissible Judicial Review

The district court had vacated an arbitration award that had reinstated a terminated hospital employee under a collective bargaining agreement. The district court based its ruling on its interpretation of the CBA, which it...more

In Battle Over Employment Compensation, Second Circuit Affirms District Court Decision To Deny Arbitration

On interlocutory appeal, the Second Circuit affirmed a district court decision denying arbitration because a later-signed compensation agreement did not retroactively apply as it contravened the intent of a prior independent...more

Lawyer’s harassment investigation report was not solicitor-client or litigation privileged: union entitled to a copy, says...

The mere fact that a lawyer prepared an investigation report does not make it privileged, a labour arbitrator has held, granting the union’s request for a subpoena to obtain the report. The Durham Regional Police Association...more

Ninth Circuit Steals a PAGe from California Courts’ Playbook

Since the California Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation that claims under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) are not subject to arbitration, California federal district courts have rejected...more

Ninth Circuit’s Pro-PAGA Decision Is Not the Death Knell for Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

This week, in Sakkab, et al v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc., the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employee cannot waive the right to bring a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) through an...more

Ninth Circuit Blesses Iskanian

On September 28, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision in the long-awaited case of Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc. (No. 13-55184, D.C. No. 3:12-cv-00436-GPC-KSC) (“Sakkab”). The Court...more

9th Circuit Rejects Representative Action Waivers for PAGA Claims

If you read one thing... - With 9th Circuit ruling, California federal courts no longer a potential channel for employers to enforce representative action waivers for PAGA claims...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Waivers of PAGA Claims Cannot be Enforced

This week, a federal appeals court dealt another blow to California employers.  In Shukri Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc., a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Federal...more

California Employment Law and Arbitration: The Battle Intensifies

Tuesday, by a two-to-one vote, the Ninth Circuit joined the California Supreme Court in holding that Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims are an exception to the Federal Arbitration Act. In Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail...more

NJ Appellate Court Offers New Guidance on Employee Arbitration Agreements

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that employee arbitration agreements, to be enforceable, must contain a “clear and unmistakable” waiver of an employee’s right to a trial in court. In Milloul v....more

D.R. Horton Déjà Vu: Will NLRB be Forced to Respect Class Action Waivers for Employers Doing Business in 5th Circuit?

As it stands, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has taken the position that class action waivers in individual employee/employer arbitration agreements are illegal and the agency continues to invalidate these...more

Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements Passed by California Legislature

On August 27, 2015, the California Legislature passed AB 465, a bill that would make mandatory agreements to arbitrate employment disputes illegal in the state. Governor Jerry Brown has until October 11, 2015, to sign...more

Federal Law Must Govern Arbitrability Of Employment Dispute, Notwithstanding Choice Of State Law In Employment Agreement

The Ninth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement between Opus Bank and its former executive vice president Carey Brennan should be interpreted under federal, not state, law unless the parties unambiguously agreed...more

9th Circuit: Because of Simple Contract Oversight, Executive Must Arbitrate Separation Dispute

Most executive level employees have detailed employment agreements outlining the terms and conditions of their high-paying jobs. Putting such agreements in place is a really good idea for a number of reasons, even though it...more

In a Twist, Judge Overturns Arbitration Decision Suspending Tom Brady

On September 3, Judge Richard Berman of Southern District of New York overturned the NFL's four-game suspension of New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady. Besides being a dream come true for ESPN, the ruling is quite...more

Judge Puts Brady Back in the Game

New England Patriots’ fans can thank U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman if and when they see NFL quarterback Tom Brady suiting up next Thursday for the Patriots’ season opener. Judge Berman vacated Brady’s four-game...more

You Have Class!, says Judge to Uber Plaintiffs

A handful of Uber drivers sued the ride-share giant in 2013 alleging that they were functioning as company employees but improperly treated and underpaid as independent contractors. They claimed that Uber had been...more

Board Penalizes Legal Argument

Previously, we described a court’s reaction when some plaintiff-employees tried to reinstate their collective wage claim in court using a belated NLRB order against class action arbitration waivers. (See: Court Order Trumps...more

California Legislature Targets Employment Arbitration Agreements

It is no secret that California is no friend to arbitration agreements. As the United States Supreme Court noted in its 2011 opinion in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, “California’s courts have been more likely to hold...more

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