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Shouldn't You Be Using Arbitration Agreements to Reduce the Costs of Litigation and the Risk of Class Action Claims?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Businesses across the country regularly bemoan the time and expense of litigation. Even when businesses are successful in defending non-meritorious consumer claims alleging unfair or deceptive practices, false advertising,...more

California Supreme Court Punts on FAA Preemption - Court invalidates waiver of public injunctive relief, declines to address...

Last month, the California Supreme Court handed down its unanimous decision in McGill v. Citibank N.A., holding that an arbitration provision that effectively waives a consumer’s statutory right to seek public injunctive...more

Private Arbitration Agreements which Prohibit Public Injunctive Relief Violate Public Policy and are Unenforceable Under...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In an April 5, 2017 unanimous opinion, the California Supreme Court (the “Court”) held that private arbitration agreements which prohibit public injunctive relief in any forum are contrary to California public policy and...more

Forcing the Issue? California Supreme Court Opens Door for Challenges to Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Consistent with the historical reluctance of California courts to enforce arbitration provisions in consumer contracts, on April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court ruled that an arbitration provision that waived an...more

Litigation Alert: CA Supreme Court Holds Arbitration Provisions Waiving Right to Seek Public Injunctive Relief "In Any Forum" Are...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a closely-watched case, the California Supreme Court recently held in McGill v. Citibank, N.A. that arbitration clauses that foreclose a plaintiff’s right to pursue public injunctive relief in any forum are invalid and...more

California Supreme Court Invalidates Contractual Waivers Of Public Injunctive Relief

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: No California contractual provision, including one in an arbitration agreement, can waive the statutory right to seek injunctive relief to protect the general public. McGill v. Citibank, N.A. (April 6,...more

Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements: A Changing Landscape

by Fisher Phillips on

Because arbitration proceedings often offer a less costly and more efficient alternative to the burdens of protracted courtroom litigation, arbitration agreements are increasingly common in the nursing home industry. However,...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Class Action Waivers are Unlawful and Unenforceable Creating a Circuit Split

On May 26, 2016, in the matter of Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an arbitration agreement, which required employees to submit to individual arbitration for any...more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Declines to Enforce Arbitration Clause in Construction Contract

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

An arbitration clause in a contract can affect the method parties will use to resolve disputes, what remedies are available to them, and, most importantly, where they will arbitrate and what state's laws will apply. A recent...more

New York and English Courts Issue Similar Joint Memoranda on the Enforcement of Money Judgments with Dubai Courts

The March 23, 2015 Memorandum of Guidance issued jointly by the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC Courts) and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY Court) follows the same pattern...more

Sticking up for Their Rights: Employers Taking the Offensive

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The traditional posture of California employers apprehensive about “gotcha” wage and hour claims is to hunker down and wait for the next lawsuit. But a few brave souls have taken the offensive. We celebrate two examples here....more

Ninth Circuit: Injunctive Relief Claims Relating Only to Past Harms to a Limited Class Are Not Exempt From Arbitration

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision favoring arbitration clauses in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in Kilgore v. KeyBank, N.A. that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”)...more

Ninth Circuit Revives California Law That Allows Plaintiffs Seeking Injunctive Relief To Avoid Arbitration

More than one year ago, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit determined that California case law, which precluded arbitration of claims asking for public injunctive relief, was preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act. ...more

Ninth Circuit Delivers a Key Victory for Consumer Arbitration

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Proponents of consumer arbitration have been buoyed by a Ninth Circuit opinion issued on April 11, 2013, that underscores the dramatic impact that AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion has had on the enforcement of consumer...more

Could Arbitration Of Cost-Prohibitive State Law Claims Be Compelled While Similar Federal Claims Stay In Court?

A recent decision from a federal district court in Tennessee raises a discrepancy in how the courts treat arbitration agreements that hinder a plaintiff’s state law and federal law claims. Cases under the FAA state that...more

Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable Despite Any State Statutory Right To A Class Action

In Flores v. West Covina Auto Group, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2013 WL 139200 (Cal.App. 2 Dist. Jan. 11, 2013), the California Court of Appeal extended the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in AT&T Mobility, Inc. v....more

Enforcing Class Action Waivers: A "Major Change In California Law"

In Phillips v. Sprint PCS, __ Cal. App. 4th __, 2012 WL 4378199 (1st Dist., Sept. 26, 2012), the California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s decision to reconsider its past order refusing to enforce an arbitration...more

Concepcion Mandates Individual Arbitration Even When Statutory Rights Cannot Be Vindicated, Third Circuit Holds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), obligates courts to compel individual arbitration even where the plaintiff has proven that doing so would make it impossible to...more

The Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Any Right To A Class Action Under State Law

The California Court of Appeal recently held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts any statutory right to a class action under the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA). See Caron v. Mercedes-Benz Financial...more

Federal District Courts Continue to Find Ways to Invalidate Arbitration Clauses Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's Recent...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

A recent federal court decision provides warning that companies should be balanced in drafting arbitration provisions and not include provisions that are "unfairly one-sided" at the expense of the consumer. Otherwise, courts...more

Using Federal Antitrust Law To Void Class Action Waivers

by Zelle LLP on

Originally published in Competition Law360 on May 15, 2012. Last year, in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S.Ct. 1740 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the so-called “collective arbitration waivers” (also...more

The Ninth Circuit Again Follows Concepcion And Enforces Consumer Arbitrations

On March 16, 2012, the Ninth Circuit followed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in AT&T Mobility, Inc. v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), and held that the Federal Arbitration Act (the FAA) preempts state law...more

Federal Law Preempts State Law Barring Arbitration Of Claims For Public Injunction

On March 7, 2012, the Ninth Circuit held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts California's rule prohibiting the arbitration of claims for public injunctions. Kilgore v. KeyBank, Nat'l Ass'n, --- F.3d ----, 2012 WL...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preempts California Law Prohibiting Arbitration of Claims for Broad Public Injunctive...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On March 7, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that significantly limits the power of California, and other states, to restrict the enforcement of arbitration agreements and class action waiver...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 24, No. 1 January 2012

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In this issue: Titans Clash and Uncertainty Abounds – The Ongoing Turmoil Regarding Enforceability of Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements in California and D.R Horton, Inc. - The NLRB Weighs in on Class...more

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