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Don't Get Deflated: Four Things Employers Can Learn From the Tom Brady "Deflategate" Ruling

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, a federal judge overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension imposed on star quarterback Tom Brady, ruling that the league couldn’t discipline him for allegedly deflating footballs in order to...more

You Have Class!, says Judge to Uber Plaintiffs

A handful of Uber drivers sued the ride-share giant in 2013 alleging that they were functioning as company employees but improperly treated and underpaid as independent contractors. They claimed that Uber had been...more

Anti-Arbitration Bill Approved by California Legislature

On August 27, 2015, the California Assembly approved AB 465. The bill, which was approved by the California Senate on August 24, would prohibit California employers from requiring most individuals to enter into arbitration...more

California Legislature Targets Employment Arbitration Agreements

It is no secret that California is no friend to arbitration agreements. As the United States Supreme Court noted in its 2011 opinion in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, “California’s courts have been more likely to hold...more

Second Circuit Denies JP Morgan’s Attempt To Force Arbitration

The Second Circuit affirmed a New York district court ruling that found that the FINRA arbitration rules, one of which prohibits arbitration of putative or collective class actions, was incorporated within the subject...more

Employment Law - August 2015 #2

The Customer Isn't Always Right—Especially When He Harasses Employees: Why it matters - Providing an important reminder about the potential for liability from customers, a new lawsuit was filed against a supermarket...more

Missouri Appellate Court Enforces Delegation Clause, Holds Arbitrator Has Authority to Decide Whether Claims Are Arbitrable

This year, Missouri courts have issued several decisions interpreting arbitration agreements between employers and employees. While some of these agreements have been enforced, others have been struck down. The Missouri Court...more

Can Arbitrators Rule On Their Own Jurisdiction? The Ninth Circuit Answers Yes

In Brennan v. Opus Bank (9th Cir. 13-35580), published August 11, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled on the issue of whether a court versus an arbitrator has jurisdiction over determining the enforceability of a mandatory...more

Effective Carve-Outs to Seek Injunctive Relief from the Court in Arbitration Provisions

Christopher Pike: “That’s a technicality.” Spock: “I am a [lawyer], sir. We embrace technicalities.” Star Trek Into Darkness - Arbitration is no longer the final frontier. Instead, arbitration is often the...more

Surprisingly Good News: California Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Agreement

Many companies doing business in California have had difficulty persuading California courts to enforce their arbitration agreements. Those courts often have used the doctrine of unconscionability to deny enforcement on the...more

Arbitration policies for wage and hour claims

As the number of Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits has grown, employers have started taking notice of the power a sizable class made up of numerous employees can command. Arbitration provisions – once the realm of...more

Court Enforces Arbitration Agreement, Requiring Employees to Arbitrate Whistleblower Claims

We have frequently written about the increasing likelihood that courts will enforce arbitration agreements to resolve a broad range of issues arising out of the employment relationship. Recently, a federal court provided...more

Representative Action Under California’s Private Attorneys General Act Not Waived Through Employment Agreement’s Arbitration...

The Central District of California held that a waiver of representative actions in an employment agreement’s arbitration provision did not preclude a former employee from pursuing in court a claim under California’s Private...more

Can I Get A Witness (Or At Least A Witness Statement)? NLRB Rules Witness Statements Are Now Fair Game

For over 35 years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that witness statements obtained by unionized employers during pre-arbitration investigations were exempt from disclosure to the union. However, on June 26,...more

NJ Appellate Division Rules that Continued Employment Means Consent to Arbitration

On July 23, 2015, the New Jersey Appellate Division upheld Ernst & Young’s alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) policy statement as valid and enforceable. In Jaworski v. Ernst & Young, No. A-5259-13T2, three former...more

NLRB Finds Mandatory Arbitration Clause Unenforceable

An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) found in favor of Talina Torres (“Torres”) against Employers Resource (“Employers”) after determining that an arbitration clause within an...more

Hooli Needs New Lawyers on “Silicon Valley”

As is obvious from our many posts on the subject, we here at IP Legal Forum are big fans of the show “Silicon Valley.” That said, its season finale could have used more Jared Dunn (can we give him a spin-off already?), as...more

Enforcing Arbitration Agreements: The Choice of Procedural Law

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applies generally to most arbitration agreements, but parties can choose to have the procedural law of the place of arbitration apply instead. On many issues, there is no material difference...more

For Life Insurers and Agents – A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule (the “Proposal”), which defines the term “fiduciary” as it applies to persons who provide “investment advice” to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Lift Of Arbitration Stay For Failure To Pay Requisite Fees

In late May, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court decision to lift an arbitration stay for Plaintiff Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (“Pre-Paid”) as Defendant Todd Cahill (“Cahill”) failed to pay his...more

Missouri Supreme Court “Calls an Audible,” Upholds Arbitration Agreement

In recent years, Missouri courts have seemed reluctant to enforce arbitration agreements entered into between employers and employees. But in a recent decision, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed that trend and compelled...more

Proposed FAR Amendments Create New Disclosure Obligations and Compliance Regime - The Complex Proposal Will Have High...

On May 28, 2015, the government proposed to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to mandate disclosure by government prime and subcontractors of violations of 15 categories of worker protection laws. The Department...more

Justices Pass on Second Opportunity to Resolve the California PAGA Divide in the Bridgestone Case

For a second time the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging a California Supreme Court holding that the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) could not be waived in a mandatory arbitration agreement....more

Supreme Court Denies Review of PAGA Waiver Case… Again

In a move that will undoubtedly frustrate California employers, the United States Supreme Court has denied review of Bridgestone Retail Operations v. Milton Brown, a California Supreme Court case which held that Private...more

NLRB Judge Finds Employment Contract’s Arbitration Clause Invalid Although No Explicit “Waiver” of Class Actions

Last week, a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Administrative Law Judge reiterated the agency’s position that employers who require the arbitration of grievances by employees on an individual basis violate the National...more

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