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Controversial Rule by CFPB Limits Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

by Jones Day on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") has issued a final rule that limits the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements for many consumer financial products and services ("Rule"). Although the controversial Rule...more

SCOTUS Puts the Class Action Waiver Issue at the Top of Its Agenda

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Perhaps signaling the importance of the issue for American businesses and jurisprudence, the U.S. Supreme Court? chose the first day of its term beginning in October as the date to set oral arguments in three petitions for...more

Republicans File Congressional Review Act Challenge to CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

by Goodwin on

As LenderLaw Watch previously reported, on July 10, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Arbitration Rule, which blocks the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial products and...more

Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment

On June 1, 2017, Skadden hosted the webinar “Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment.” Topics of discussion included the increasing importance of Chinese investment in Latin America,...more

New Supreme Court Term to Kick Off With Argument in Class Action Waiver Cases

On July 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States released the October 2017 term’s calendar for oral arguments, including the date it will hear oral argument in the three consolidated class action waiver cases that are...more

New York Appellate Court Strikes Down Class Action Waivers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As our loyal readers are well aware, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in its Fall 2017 term regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers. This has...more

Disclosure in arbitration: paint the full picture not a vignette - Misleading an arbitrator by omitting key evidence can amount to...

by Dentons on

It is relatively hard to establish successful grounds for appealing an arbitration award – and particularly unusual where the appeal is based on the fraudulent conduct of one of the parties. The decision in Celtic Bioenergy...more

Republican lawmakers move forward on CRA resolutions to override CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

House and Senate Republicans announced yesterday that they are sponsoring Congressional Review Act resolutions to override the CFPB’s final arbitration rule, which was published in the Federal Register. ...more

CFPB Rules Permitting Consumer Class Actions Against Financial Institutions Set to Take Effect Absent Action by Congress

by Bracewell LLP on

In 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it was seeking public comment on proposed rules that would limit the effect of mandatory arbitration clauses for consumer finance transactions and allow...more

UK arbitration news round-up

by Dentons on

Our arbitration news round-up includes commentary on the following: - The "Brexit effect" on London as a dispute resolution centre. - Recent gender statistics show more women arbitrators appointed. - ICC...more

CFPB announces final Arbitration Agreements Rule: what it prohibits, what it requires, and what's next

by DLA Piper on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published its final Arbitration Agreements Rule (10 CFR § 1040, et seq.), prohibiting mandatory arbitration provisions and class action waivers in consumer financial services...more

Ensuring appropriate confidentiality in arbitration: guidance for arbitrators and parties alike

by Dentons on

A recent case, Symbion Power LLC v. Venco Imtiaz Construction Co [2017] EWHC 348 (TCC), highlighted two issues which touch on confidentiality in arbitrations: (1) the confidentiality of communications from an arbitrator to a...more

Removing an arbitrator is an extreme remedy

by Dentons on

You might not like an arbitrator's order or an award, but you cannot seek to remove the arbitrator unless their actions have caused or might lead to substantial injustice....more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Order Compelling Arbitration, Rejecting Contract Defenses Of Unconscionability And Lack Of Consideration

by Carlton Fields on

The Eighth Circuit affirmed an order compelling arbitration in a case filed by a volunteer concession worker against an operator of concessions at a sports stadium in St. Louis. The concession worker had volunteered to work...more

Acting Comptroller reacts to Director Cordray’s latest response; final arbitration rule published in Federal Register

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a letter dated July 18, 2017 to Acting Comptroller Noreika purporting to respond to Acting Comptroller Noreika’s July 17 letter, Director Cordray continued to question how there could be “any plausible basis for [Acting...more

Responsibility for German Nuclear Waste Shifts With Creation of State-owned Fund

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In early July 2017, operators of German nuclear power plants initiated the next step in the process of decommissioning by transferring €24 billion to the new state-owned fund for nuclear power plant waste disposal. The...more

Director Cordray continues to doubt that safety and soundness concerns are raised by the final arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The letter-writing war between Director Cordray and Acting Comptroller Keith Noreika continues. Director Cordray sent a letter dated July 18, 2017 to Acting Comptroller Noreika in which he purports to respond to Acting...more

CFPB final arbitration rule to be published in Federal Register on July 19

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB final arbitration rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register today, July 19. The rule’s effective date will be the 60th day after publication and the compliance date will be March 19, 2018. Based...more

SEC Commissioner Supports Mandatory Shareholder Arbitration

Reuters is reporting that SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar urged IPO companies to request relief from the SEC to include mandatory arbitration provisions for shareholder disputes. Commissioner Piwowar apparently made the...more

Court Finds No Exceeding Of Powers Or Manifest Disregard Of The Law In Confirming Allegedly Speculative Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerned an agreement by which Clos La Chance Wines, Inc., a wine producer, appointed AV Brands, Inc., a wine importer and wholesaler, as the exclusive brand agent and distributor of its wine products for the...more

New International Rules of Chinese Arbitration Association Streamline Processes

by Jones Day on

The Chinese Arbitration Association ("CAA") adopted the Chinese Arbitration Association International Arbitration Rules 2017 ("CAAI Rules") on July 1, 2017. The Rules—which can apply only to arbitrations seated outside of...more

Vermont Says Court Can’t Force Defendant To Start the Arbitration, Plus Arbitration Decisions from Other State Courts

I declare this the Summer of Arbitration. It’s not as sexy as the Summer of Love (which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, btw http://www.sftravel.com/summer-love-2017), but there has to be some recognition of the avalanche...more

The new International Arbitration Bill

by Hogan Lovells on

At the recent Mandela Institute Seminar on International Arbitration, the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Honourable JH Jeffery, MP addressed the attendees on the benefits and challenges of...more

Keeping the Lights On For Your Ancillary Proceeding in Federal Court: When “Dismissed Without Prejudice” Means “Stayed”

Do you ever have days when you are not your most eloquent self, the words come out in a jumble, or they are just not precisely what you intended? So do trial judges. But appeals courts seem to understand....more

Refusing to engage in ADR

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The courts have repeatedly held that a failure to engage in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and in particular mediation, may constitute unreasonable conduct and therefore risks a costs sanction. A recent Court of Appeal...more

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