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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

House Financial Services Committee Democratic staff report on CFPB assails Republicans, defends CFPB and arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A report prepared by the Democratic staff of the House Financial Services Committee takes aim at Republicans for “attempt[ing] to ensure that the country reverts back to a big bank-oriented regulatory environment and to...more

'Re-negotiation' Clause in Contract Not Void for Uncertainty

by Reed Smith on

This alert focuses on the recent judgment in Associated British Ports v Tata Steel UK Ltd [2017] EWHC 694 (Ch). ABP demonstrates the English courts’ reluctance to find clauses and/or contracts void for uncertainty where they...more

Court Compels Arbitration Of Non-Signatory Party Seeking To Recoup Damages Flowing From Contract Containing Arbitration Clause

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court has required Scottsdale Insurance Company to arbitrate a claim against Kinsale Insurance Company based on an arbitration clause in a contract between Kinsale and its insured – a contract to which...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule Banning Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its long-awaited and controversial final rule on arbitration agreements in contracts for financial products and services. The rule, which takes effect...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Confirmation Of Arbitral Award In LLC Dissolution Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s confirmation of an arbitration award in a dispute regarding the dissolution of Knowledge Strategy Solutions, LLC (“KSS”). KSS was a partnership between the professional...more

High Court Willing to Set Aside Arbitral Awards on Public Policy Grounds

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 6 June 2017, the High Court held that there was sufficient evidence that an award of over US$500 million in damages against the Republic of Kazakhstan may be tainted by fraud and that this should be examined at trial...more

Trade associations urge Congress to disapprove CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of 11 trade associations have sent a letter to members of Congress expressing their “strong disapproval” of the CFPB’s final arbitration rule and urging Congress to pass the resolutions introduced in the House and...more

House passes H.J. Res. 111 to override CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives, by a 231-190 partisan vote, passed H.J. Res. 111 which provides for Congressional disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) of the CFPB’s final arbitration rule...more

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

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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

House likely to pass H.J. Res. 111 today to override CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday at 5:00 p.m., the House Rules Committee, by a 9-4 partisan vote, reported a rule on H.J. Res. 111 with a recommendation that the resolution be adopted. H.J. Res. 111 provides for Congressional disapproval under the...more

Appellate Court Nixes Employee Arbitration Agreements

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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

Hong Kong court appoints receivers to preserve assets in aid of arbitral proceedings in China

by Hogan Lovells on

The Hong Kong High Court has appointed receivers over shares in a Hong Kong company as an interim measure to preserve the status quo and the value of the shares, pending the outcome of CIETAC arbitration proceedings in...more

CFPB Issues Final Arbitration Rule: Who Is Covered and How Does It Affect Your Business

The CFPB, after entertaining numerous comments, issued its final arbitration rule on Monday, July 10. The rule prohibits specified providers of certain consumer financial products and services (loans, credit cards, and other...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 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

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

UK arbitration news round-up

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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

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

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

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

Acting Comptroller asks Director Cordray to delay publication of CFPB final arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Keith Noreika, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency, has sent a letter dated July 17 to Director Cordray asking him to delay publication of the CFPB’s final arbitration rule in the Federal Register. The July 17 letter...more

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