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New PBGC-Plan Sponsor Pilot Mediation Project for Early Warning Program and Termination Liability Cases

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”) launched a new Pilot Mediation Project to facilitate negotiations with (i) plan sponsors involved in corporate transactions under the purview of the PBGC’s Early Warning...more

Three Point Shot - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On August 25th, 2017, in a convincing knockout, a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed dozens of lawsuits against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather alleging Pacquiao's concealed shoulder injury impacted the quality of...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: September 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour issues, arbitration, and employment discrimination based on marital status....more

What’s Next for Mandatory Arbitration Provisions?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

One of the interesting strains to come out of the new round of publicity surrounding sexual harassment is a renewed focus on mandatory arbitration provisions. And it comes from an unexpected source: former Fox News anchor...more

Second Circuit Enforces Arbitration Agreement In Favor Or Non-Party Whose Agent Entered Into That Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has affirmed an order compelling a plaintiff-employee to arbitrate his employment related claims against Carnival Cruise Lines, despite the fact that the one page employment agreement that he signed did not...more

More details on finance industry’s CFPB arbitration rule lawsuit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As promised previously, here are further details on the lawsuit filed by industry groups against the CFPB to overturn the final arbitration rule.  The complaint largely mirrors our heavy criticism of the rule. ...more

Earlier deadline for Senate to pass CRA resolution to override CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a recent blog post, we estimated that, as a practical matter, November 16 was the last day on which the Senate could pass a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to override the CFPB arbitration...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Current Split of Authority Over Enforceability of Class Action Waivers Contained in Mandatory Arbitration...

by Snell & Wilmer on

Many employers have implemented mandatory arbitration policies requiring that all employment related disputes be resolved through final and binding arbitration rather than in traditional court proceedings. Generally speaking,...more

Bankruptcy Court Grants MF Global Holdings’ Motion To Reconsider Decision To Compel Arbitration In Bermuda, But Reaches Same...

by Carlton Fields on

On September 6, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued the latest order in the ongoing coverage battle between MF Global Holdings (“MF Global”) and Allied World Assurance Company regarding the...more

Bank Compels Arbitration of Overdraft Class Action

Reversing a Florida district court action, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit agreed with a national bank that a class action challenging overdraft fees should be moved to arbitration....more

Brief Primer on Real Estate Arbitrations

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Real estate agents often question what rights and remedies they may have against the seller in the event of a non-disclosure claim. In many home sales, the buyer, seller and agent sign an arbitration agreement requiring that...more

Discovery Referees in Complex Litigation

by JAMS on

It’s no secret that over the past several years the California judiciary has suffered deep budget cuts, especially to the state’s civil courts. According to California’s Judicial Council, there are 189 fewer judges than...more

How does Last Best Offer Interest Arbitration Work When The State Has Not Adopted Its Budget?

According to the State Department of Education, approximately 100 Connecticut school districts are scheduled to engage in negotiations with teacher and/or administrator bargaining units by the end of December, 2017. As those...more

Business Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Challenge CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Business, and various other national and Texas statewide business organizations and trade groups (together, Plaintiffs) filed a federal lawsuit in...more

Recent Cases Provide Recipe for Resolving Consumer Class Actions Through Arbitration

by Bryan Cave on

Recent court decisions confirm the possibility of mandatory arbitration as a viable option for retailers frustrated with the rising costs of litigation, and the inability to recover their attorneys’ fees, for frivolous class...more

NC Business Court Rules On What Constitutes An "Arbitration"

by Brooks Pierce on

You've probably never had to decide what it means to agree to arbitrate. Usually, there is a written provision that references the AAA Rules and includes a consent to AAA's procedures as to the appointment of the...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Challenges CFPB Rule Immunizing Class Actions from Arbitration Clauses

by Goodwin on

On September 29, 2017, the United States Chamber of Commerce and various business and financial services groups (collectively, Plaintiffs) filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the United States District...more

Non-Signatories Succeed In Compelling Arbitration In State Courts

The high courts of two states have allowed non-signatories to compel arbitration in recent weeks. The cases show courts are addressing non-signatory issues using different standards and raise important drafting issues for...more

6 Key Considerations in China-related Arbitrations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Differences in enforcement and arbitral rules could cause difficulties for unwary parties engaged in or considering arbitration in mainland China. China’s economic growth has attracted significant foreign investment in...more

Procedural Arbitrability Questions Are For The Arbitrator, Not The Judge, Unlike Substantive Arbitrability Questions

by Carlton Fields on

Allegations of failure to follow the contractually-required dispute resolution procedure raise “procedural questions,” which must be asked of the arbitrator. In contrast, “substantive arbitrability questions,” also referred...more

The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law under the Trump Administration

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Abolishing the Federal Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule - In March 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order revoking, and signed a resolution disapproving, President Obama’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive...more

Amazon Delivers Pricing Challenge to Arbitration

Amazon successfully moved a putative class action challenging its pricing practices to arbitration after the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit held that the retailer’s agreement was not unconscionable....more

Will the Future Bring a Surge of Class Actions against Banks and Credit Card Companies?

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formally issued its long-anticipated final rule banning class waivers in future arbitration agreements for banks, lenders, debt counselors, credit card issuers,...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Court's Remand for Clarification of Arbitration Award

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a court took the unusual step of remanding a case to the arbitration panel to explain the rationale behind its award. The Court made the decision because...more

Eleventh Circuit Outlines the Key to an Individual Arbitration Agreement

by BakerHostetler on

The Eleventh Circuit recently upheld an arbitration agreement in a consumer class action involving checking overdraft fees. In Johnson v. KeyBank N.A., 11th Cir. No. 15-10779 (Sept. 26, 2017), the plaintiffs brought a...more

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