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“Loath to create a circuit split,” the Fifth Circuit Overturns NLRB’s D.R. Horton Ruling that Class Arbitration Waivers in...

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rendered its long-awaited decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, No. 12-60031 (5th Cir. Dec. 3, 2013), revised December 4, 2013, which reversed the National Labor Relations Board...more

Class Action Waiver in Arbitration Agreement Survives NLRA Challenge

Finding the National Labor Relations Board failed to give appropriate weight to the Federal Arbitration Act, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Board decision invalidating an arbitration agreement that...more

Halloween Special: Scary Results If Employers Overreach In Arbitration Clauses

No haunted house can scare general counsel as much as an opinion invalidating their company’s arbitration clause and thereby allowing a class action to proceed. So, here is a Halloween tale for all to keep in mind....more

Did You Know…The Continuing Saga Of Arbitration Agreements & Unconscionability

In light of the United States Supreme Court decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the California Supreme Court recently reversed its own prior decision where it had held that an arbitration agreement that requires an...more

Through the Lens of Concepcion: California Supreme Court Revisits the Validity of Agreements Requiring Employee Waiver of Wage...

Almost one year after the U.S. Supreme Court summarily vacated the original 2011 Sonic-Calabasas opinion (Sonic I), the California Supreme Court issued its opinion on remand in Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II)....more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Application Of Supreme Court Arbitration Holdings On State Law

On October 17, the Supreme Court of California held that, while the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a California state-law rule categorically prohibiting waiver of state pre-arbitration protections in arbitration...more

Arbitration Wars: The California Supreme Court Strikes Back In Sonic II

On October 17, 2013, the California Supreme Court revisited the enforceability of arbitration agreements in California. The Court released its decision Sonic-Calabasas Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II). In that 5 – 2 ruling, the...more

California Confirms Preemption by FAA Over State Rule Barring Employee Waiver - Mostly

In Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II), the California Supreme Court addressed an employee’s waiver of access to an administrative hearing, in this case a Berman hearing, in an arbitration agreement imposed as a...more

The Ninth Circuit Rules Employer’s Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable Under California Law And Cautions Employers To Ensure...

Today, the Ninth Circuit, in Chavarria v. Ralphs Grocery Company (Case No. 11-56673), issued a decision affirming the denial of Ralphs Grocery Company’s motion to compel arbitration in an action by an employee asserting...more

California Supreme Court Follows Concepcion But Allows Courts To Strike Down Unconscionable Arbitration Agreements

Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno, No. S174475, (October 17, 2013): As expected following the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the California Supreme...more

Round 2: Arbitration Agreements v. California Supreme Court

Why it matters: Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (“Sonic II”) presents a mixed bag for employers. While the California Supreme Court reversed itself, acknowledging that the waiver of a Berman hearing is not per se...more

California Supreme Court Grants Review in Brown

The impact of the California Court of Appeal’s recent opinion in Brown v. Superior Court, 216 Cal. App. 4th 1302 (Cal. Ct. App. 2013) is on hold, at least for now. Last week, the California Supreme Court indicated it would...more

August 2013: Appellate Update

U.S. Supreme Court Concludes October 2012 Term. The U.S. Supreme Court concluded its October 2012 Term in June with a number of highly publicized cases on issues like race and gay marriage, but equally notable are the Term’s...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Ended the Term with an Exclamation Mark at the End of Its Statement on Class Actions and Arbitration: The...

The Supreme Court’s October 2012 Term could rightly be named “The Year of the Class Action.” The High Court received many petitions for review and ultimately issued more than five decisions that tackled issues impacting the...more

That's A Spicy Meatball!

As our readers will no doubt recall, the Supreme Court boldly struck a blow for truth, justice and the American Way a few years ago in its approval of class action waivers in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740...more

California Appellate Court Orders Arbitration and Rules that Claims May Not Proceed On Behalf of a Class Plaintiff in Macy's OT...

A recent decision from a California court of appeals reflects a growing, if at times reluctant, acceptance by California courts of employment arbitration. In Outland v. Macy’s Department Stores, Inc., Case No. A133589 (Ct....more

Courts Continue to Wrestle With Arbitration Issues

Decades ago, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act to combat the hostility courts showed towards arbitration agreements. Since that time, the Supreme Court has repeatedly pronounced the public policy in favor of the...more

SCOTUS Reigns Supreme On Issue Of Arbitration Of Non-Compete Agreements

Some states specifically allow non-compete agreements. Of those states, some have legislation that provides guidelines to parties to a non-compete agreement regarding enforceability. Other states take the approach that...more

Appellate Panel Tries to Draft a Roadmap for the California Supreme Court to Save California's Prohibition of Class Action Waivers...

The battle for how the landmark arbitration decision Concepcion v. AT&T Mobility (“Concepcion”) should be construed in California continues with Monday’s issuance of Franco v. Arekelian Enterprises, Inc. (“Franco II”)....more

Non-Competes Pay a Rare Visit to the U.S. Supreme Court

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a non-compete case -- a type of dispute that rarely finds its way to the high court. See Nitro-Lift Technologies v. Lee, 568 U.S. --- (2012)....more

Non-Compete Agreements with Arbitration Clauses Get Boost From US Supreme Court

Employers and employees often enter into non-compete agreements that limit an employee’s ability to compete with an employer during, or after, the employee’s employment. These agreements are often the subject of intense...more

U.S. Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Non-Compete Agreement

In the latest of a long line of decisions favoring arbitration, the United States Supreme Court has overturned a decision of the Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidating a non-compete agreement that contained a binding arbitration...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That State Courts Must Not Assume The Arbitrator’s Role By Declaring Non-Compete Agreements Null And Void

A short per curiam opinion issued yesterday by the United States Supreme Court concerning an employment dispute in Oklahoma is likely to result in consternation in California....more

High Court Vacates State Supreme Court’s Arbitration Ruling in Noncompete Case

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a per curiam opinion, ruled that the Oklahoma Supreme Court failed to adhere to a correct interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The Court vacated a decision made by the...more

D.R. Horton Decision on Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Draws Decidedly Negative Reaction from Federal...

In January, we reported on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. and the broad implications that it had for both union and non-unionized workforces. The NLRB’s decision in...more

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