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Unless the U.S. Supreme Court Rules Otherwise, Waivers of Collective Actions Are Not Enforceable in New York

On July 18, 2017, the First Department partially reversed the Commercial Division’s decision in Gold v. New York Life Insurance Company, No. 653923/12, 2017 BL 247192 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t July 18, 2017), a case that presented...more

Second Circuit Vacates District Court Judgment in Sex Discrimination Case Permitting an Arbitrator to Certify a Class Including...

by BakerHostetler on

In a sex discrimination case we have been following for almost six years, the Second Circuit has added a measure of rationality by vacating a lower court opinion that would have permitted an arbitrator’s certification of a...more

New York State Appellate Court Finds Arbitration Agreement Requiring Employees to Bring Claims Individually Violates The National...

by Littler on

On July 18, 2017, in Gold v. New York Life Ins. Co., New York’s Appellate Division, First Department issued a decision that directly contradicted the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Sutherland...more

Appellate Court Nixes Employee Arbitration Agreements

by FordHarrison on

By Decision dated July 19, 2017 (the “Decision”), the Appellate Division, First Department (the “First Department”) (which has jurisdiction over Manhattan and Bronx) held that arbitration agreements obligating employees to...more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...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

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

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

DOJ About-Face: Supporting Class Action Waivers, Parting Ways with the NLRB

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has just switched sides in a trio of high profile arbitration cases now pending before the Supreme Court, joining with the employers to argue that the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s)...more

Newly Adopted “Freelance Isn’t Free” Rules Rife with Preemption Issues Under FAA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Regulatory rules issued in connection with New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act seek to prohibit arbitration of claims under the Act and class action waivers in contracts covered by the law. U.S....more

New Rules Applicable to NYC’s Freelance Isn't Free Act Prevents Covered Employers from Utilizing Arbitration Provisions and Class...

by Littler on

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act goes into effect on July 24, 2017. Anticipated rules to “clarify” the Act, which amend Title 6 of the City’s Rules by adding a new chapter 12, have now been promulgated by the...more

Court Must Rule On Motion To Compel Arbitration First

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff sued his former employer in a putative class action alleging that a payroll practice violated Pennsylvania law. The defendant filed a motion to compel arbitration and a separate motion to dismiss. The district court...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 62 - Arbitration Clauses in IC Agreements: The Winds Are Shifting

by Benesch on

Recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a case of first impression (Oliveira v. Prime) further demonstrated the importance of choice of law provisions in Independent Contractor Service Agreements (“ICSAs”) as they...more

Department of Justice Reverses Stance and Urges Supreme Court to Enforce Class Action Waivers in Employment-Related Arbitration...

by Goodwin on

The Department of Justice has reversed its stance and now urges the Supreme Court to enforce class action waivers in employment-related arbitration agreements. This increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court will side...more

Mandatory Arbitration, Class Waivers, and the Future of Wage-Hour Litigation: 6th Circuit Shows One Reason Why High Court...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employers have faced questions about the enforceability of arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers since the NLRB’s highly controversial D.R. Horton decision in 2012, which held that the waivers...more

New Administration Dismantles More Of Obama Arbitration Regulations

It was only a few weeks ago that this blog covered the reversal of the CMS regulation on arbitration in nursing homes. Now, the Trump Administration has altered course on two other issues of arbitration policy....more

Class Action Waiver Update: Will a Switch in Time Persuade Nine?

It was no surprise when, on June 16, 2017, numerous business and employer groups (including several represented by Ogletree Deakins) filed over a dozen amicus briefs supporting the employers in the three class action waiver...more

DOJ Changes Position in a Class Waiver Case Pending Before the Supreme Court

by BakerHostetler on

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in a rare move, changed its position in a class waiver case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. On Jan. 13, 2017, the Court granted certiorari in three consolidated cases...more

The Sixth Circuit Holds That Class Action Arbitration Waivers Are Prohibited Under The National Labor Relations Act

by Carlton Fields on

The Sixth Circuit enforced a National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) order finding that Alternative Entertainment Inc., a Michigan-based satellite television retailer, violated the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) by...more

DOJ Now Supports Enforcement of Employment Arbitration Clause

by Benesch on

The U.S. Justice Department has abruptly reversed course in a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning an employment agreement that restricts employees from participating in class and collective lawsuits, arguing that a mandatory...more

DOJ, reversing course, opposes NLRB ban on class action waivers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an unusual turn-about, the U.S. Justice Department has reconsidered its earlier position in a set of closely watched arbitration cases that the Supreme Court will decide next term and filed an amicus brief supporting the...more

Class Action Waiver Update: Ogletree Deakins Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief Supporting Businesses and Employers

On June 16, 2017, Ogletree Deakins filed an amicus brief in the class action waiver cases that are currently before the Supreme Court of the United States: National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., Epic Systems...more

6th Circuit Joins Employee Class Action Bandwagon

Previously we wrote about the pendulum swing regarding employee class action waivers; first to one extreme, with the Supreme Court’s 2011 AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion decision, which looked like the death knell for...more

Waving in Class Action Waivers?

Later this year, the Supreme Court of the United States will address the enforceability of class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements in Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris. The Supreme Court’s decision will resolve a...more

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