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California and Georgia disallow jury trial waivers

by DLA Piper on

Commercial lenders tend to perceive jury trials as disadvantageous when resolving conflicts between them and their borrowers. Alternative dispute resolution, such as binding arbitration, has proved to be an unsatisfactory...more

Arbitration Agreement Enforced on Behalf of Nonsignatory

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Court of Appeal has utilized theories of equitable estoppel and agency to hold that an employee must arbitrate claims he asserted against an alleged joint employer, even though that defendant...more

State Supreme Courts Continue to Try to Chip Away at FAA Preemption; The United States Supreme Court Is Not Amused

The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq., does not contain an express preemption provision, nor was it intended to be the exclusive codified arbitration law in all circumstances. However, the United States...more

Third Circuit Permits Limited Discovery On Issue Of Validity Of Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

In an unpublished opinion, the Third Circuit affirmed a decision denying a defendant bank’s motion to dismiss a consumer complaint in favor of arbitration when the contract containing the arbitration clause was not referenced...more

U.S. Supreme Court Says: We Mean It--You Can’t Single Out Arbitration Agreements for Disfavored Treatment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Monday, May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its latest reminder to state and lower federal courts that they must treat arbitration agreements as equally valid as all other contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers Limited...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

Arbitrator’s Pre-Iskanian Decision That Paga Claim Must Proceed On An Individual Basis Was Not A “Manifest Disregard Of The Law”

by Carlton Fields on

A refinery operator (“Wulfe”), sued his former employer alleging several employment related claims, including a claim under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The court compelled arbitration, and the...more

Settlement (Civil Litigation) Q&A: United Arab Emirates

by K&L Gates LLP on

United Arab Emirates – specific information on all aspects of settling a dispute by negotiation, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including the statutory obligations to attempt settlement, form...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms FAA Preemption Over Discriminatory State Laws

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Emphasizing that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that "single out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment," the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Kentucky Supreme Court's refusal to enforce...more

Supreme Court Reinforces the Primacy of the Federal Arbitration Act, Even Over a “Divine God-Given Right”

by Benesch on

Kentucky law speaks of the right to jury trial in theological terms. The Kentucky Constitution provides that “[t]he ancient mode of trial by jury shall be held sacred, and the right thereof remain inviolate, subject to such...more

Fifth Circuit Dismisses For Lack Of Jurisdiction Appeal Of Court’s Order Selecting Arbitrators

by Carlton Fields on

Bordelon Marine, LLC sued Bibby Subsea ROV, LLC for damages and for writ of attachment arising out of a disagreement over the chartering of an offshore vessel. Pending arbitration, litigation was stayed, but a dispute arose...more

Arbitration Options Put Global Insurers In The Driver Seat

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Globalization of the insurance market has seen an increase in the use and enforcement of international arbitration agreements in insurance policies. When tragedy strikes or loss occurs, insurers have a variety of options to...more

Third Circuit Vacates District Court’s Decision And Remands For Further Proceedings Regarding Whether The Parties Agreed To...

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, plaintiff Aliments Krispy Kernels, a Canadian “snack purveyor,” brought suit to confirm an arbitration award it received against Nichols Farms, a pistachio grower, in New Jersey federal district court. Nichols...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Waiving Contractual Right to Arbitration

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on factors a court should consider when determining whether a party has waived a contractual right to arbitration. The factors, which are tied to potential prejudice...more

Arbitration Clauses Extending to Non-Signatory Affiliates: Are They Enforceable?

A recent decision of the New Jersey Court of Appeals considered the enforceability of arbitration agreements by non-signatories. In Foti v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., the plaintiff filed a putative class action...more

First Circuit Enforces Arbitration of ERISA Dispute

The First Circuit concluded that, pursuant to the applicable collective bargaining agreement, it was for an arbitrator, not the court, to decide whether the union’s claim that the employer failed to properly fund a defined...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: March 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve arbitration and PAGA issues. Arbitration - Farrar v. Direct Commerce, Inc., 9 Cal. App. 5th 1257, 215 Cal. Rptr. 3d 785 (2017) - Summary: Arbitration...more

District Court Confirms Arbitral Award Against Venezuela In Dispute Over Gold Deposits Contract

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. recently confirmed a $1.2 billion arbitral award in favor of Crystallex International Corp. against Venezuela after the country’s Ministry of Environment denied a necessary permit...more

Enforcing a Jury Trial Waiver in California: An Impossible Task?

It is not uncommon for parties to enter into agreements containing jury waiver provisions. However, enforcing such provisions in California courts may be a losing battle. California has a strong public policy in favor of the...more

U.S. Court Confirms London-Based Arbitral Award Against Belize, Finding Allegedly Partial Arbitrator Did Not Violate U.S. Public...

by Carlton Fields on

The D.C. Circuit recently upheld a district court order confirming a London-based arbitral award against the Belize government over objections that enforcement of that award would violate U.S. public policy regarding the...more

Back To The Class-Action Waiver Drawing Board: California Supreme Court Holds Arbitration Agreement Cannot Extinguish A Claimant’s...

Takeaway: Businesses operating in California now face another hurdle in drafting enforceable arbitration agreements. The California Supreme Court has invalidated a provision in an aggressive class action waiver purporting to...more

California Supreme Court Creates More Confusion

by Alston & Bird on

The California Supreme Court recently created yet another exception to the enforceability of arbitration agreements with class action waivers, and in doing so generated more uncertainty about what companies should (and should...more

Right to Seek Injunctive Relief Cannot be Waived by Arbitration Provision - Arbitration Agreement does not Provide Shield from...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

An arbitration agreement preventing individuals from seeking injunctive relief was void as contrary to California public policy and could not be enforced under California law, the California Supreme Court recently determined...more

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