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When Silence is Unambiguous...Has the Seventh Circuit Created Ambiguity Over Review of Arbitrators’ Decisions?

United States Soccer Fed’n, Inc. v. United States Nat’l Soccer Team Players Ass’n, No. 15-3402, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 17339 (7th Cir. Sept. 22, 2016). The Seventh Circuit decided last month that an arbitrator exceeded his...more

District Court Refuses To Bind Surety To Subcontract Arbitration Clause

An engineering company was hired to perform work in connection with construction and renovation of the South African Embassy, and subcontracted for sheet metal work with a third party. The subcontract contained an arbitration...more

Court Compels Arbitration To Determine The Arbitrability Of Reinsurance Dispute With Captive Insurance Company

In a suit by an auto body company against a captive insurance company for rescission of certain workers compensation reinsurance participation agreements, for disgorgement of $70,000 paid thereunder, and for fraud, breach of...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Order Compelling Arbitration Against Non-Signatories Based On “Intertwined Claims” Estoppel

A physician sued several healthcare entities for wrongful termination of employment, negligence, breach of contract, and tortious interference with at-will employment. While two of the defendants were signatories to...more

New Labor Code Section Prevents Employers from Using Out-of-State Choice of Laws Provisions in Contracts with California Employees

On September 27, 2016 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law impacting the contract rights of California employees. Labor Code Section 925 imposes new limits on contract provisions that seek to impose choice of law and...more

Uber and IC Misclassification in New York: The Other Shoe May Be Dropping

The New York Times today reported that the New York State Department of Labor has found two Uber drivers as eligible for unemployment benefits after having rejected the company’s argument that the drivers are independent...more

For Its 2016-2017 Term, Supreme Court Takes A Cautious Approach, With Few Blockbuster Labor and Employment Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began its first full term since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the central advocate for the Court’s conservative bloc. Since Justice Scalia’s death this past February, the Court has...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Brexit The Constitutional Legal Hurdles to leaving the EU - October 26th, 9:00a.m. CDT /...

Mark will talk about the legal implications which flow from the UK's Referendum on 23 June which decided that the country should leave the European Union....more

Should You Litigate In Court or Arbitrate the Dispute?

Faced with the rising costs of doing business in our increasingly litigious society, today's employers are looking at any way to manage fees and costs associated with resolving disputes over employment decisions. Some of the...more

Opt-Out Clauses May Help Some Employers Opt In To Individual Arbitration

Ironically, giving employees the right to decline to resolve their employment claims in binding arbitration may actually help employers enforce arbitration agreements in some parts of the country....more

Fifth Circuit Instructs that, When Raised, Arbitrability is a Gateway Issue that Must Be Considered Prior to Conditional...

On October 4, 2016, the Fifth Circuit in Reyna v. International Bank of Commerce instructed district courts that when the issue of arbitrability is raised in a prompt motion to compel, it should be decided at the outset of...more

Illinois Federal Court Grants Motion To Confirm Arbitration Award For Pre-Hearing Security

We previously reported on this case in our blog dated December 21, 2015. The background of the dispute is as follows. A dispute arose between an insurer and its insured under four written program agreements, each containing...more

Broadening Split on Viability of Class Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Invites SCOTUS

In the years following the U.S. Supreme Court’s AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion decision, more and more courts enforced class waivers in arbitration agreements based on the commands of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The...more

Arbitrator's award of third party funding costs upheld by High Court

A recent High Court decision upheld a costs award in arbitration proceedings that included third party funding costs. The Court concluded that the arbitrator had wide discretion to award costs, which included the award of...more

Agree to Arbitrate Representative Issues Much?

Seyfarth Synopsis: When the California Supreme Court said no to PAGA waivers in its 2014 Iskanian ruling, we asked whether employers would boldly go where few have gone before and implement arbitration agreements requiring...more

California Bans Out-of-State Law

California has passed a novel piece of employment law. New section 925 of the California Labor Code prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign an agreement that (a) forces the employee to litigate or arbitrate...more

New California Law Prohibits Choice of Law and Venue in Employment Contracts

On September 25, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law a new California Labor Code provision (Section 925) that is likely to have major repercussions for contracts with employees who live and work primarily in California. The...more

SB 1241—What Happens in California Stays in California (Sorry, Vegas)

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 25 (yes, a Sunday), Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1241. SB 1241, effective January 1, 2017, adds Section 925 to the Labor Code to restrain the ability of employers to require...more

Divided Third Circuit Panel Holds That Waiver Of Arbitration Clause Does Not Apply To Futile Arguments

On July 13, 2016, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit panel held that an arbitration clause is not waived simply because a party failed to raise a futile argument. The case arose out of a putative class action...more

New California Limits on Choice-of-Law and Venue Provisions in Employment Contracts, Including Arbitration Agreements, with...

Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B. 1241, which addresses choice-of-law and venue provisions in employment contracts that are entered into, modified or extended on or after January 1, 2017. Under the bill, the...more

California prohibits employee agreements providing for out-of-state venue or law

Effective January 1, 2017, employers doing business in California can no longer require, in an employment contract or offer letter, that a California employee bring an employment dispute outside California or have a dispute...more

California Protects Employees’ Rights to Have Their Claims Heard in the State, Under California Law

In recent years, some employers doing business in the Golden State have required their employees to sign arbitration and employment agreements that require the employee to sue or arbitrate in – or under the law of – another...more

Order Compelling Arbitration Reversed Due To Failure To Determine The Existence And Scope Of Arbitration Agreement

The Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court for compelling arbitration without issuing an order that (1) made “the necessary factual findings as to the parties’ communications,” (2) determined “the law applicable to...more

Second Circuit Panel Adheres To Circuit Precedent And Affirms Enforceability Of Employment Class Action Waivers

The Second Circuit issued a summary order affirming a decision by the Southern District of New York compelling arbitration pursuant to class-action and collective-action waivers contained in an employment arbitration...more

Contractual Clauses That Impact Disputes

In the process of drafting contracts, parties can shape the process for resolving their future disputes. They can potentially select the forum for dispute resolution, the body that will resolve the disputes, the law that will...more

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