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Commercial Division Compels Arbitration of a Contract Claim Based on an Arbitration Clause in a Related Agreement

In Fidilio v. Hoosick Falls Productions, Inc., No. 654066/2016, 2017 BL 107640 (Sup. Ct. Mar. 22, 2017), Justice Eileen Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division granted a motion to compel arbitration of a dispute...more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

UDRP: An alternative to traditional litigation

by McAfee & Taft on

Imagine for a moment that after investing time and money in branding and marketing your product or service, someone registers a domain name that matches your trademark. Now imagine that the owner of the domain name will only...more

Uber Steers for Mandatory Arbitration

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

After its bid to compel arbitration stalled in the district court, Uber is gearing up to argue before the Second Circuit that its users waive their right to a jury trial when they sign up for its app. The defendants in...more

Presentation Matters When Seeking to Compel Arbitration in Consumer Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

A pair of recent opinions proves that when it comes to compelling arbitration in a consumer class action, presentation of the arbitration clause may matter more than favorable Supreme Court precedent. First, in Norcia v....more

Samsung Shut Out Of Arbitration In Recent Consumer Class Actions

Two federal circuit courts of appeals have recently found that documents Samsung included in boxes with consumer products did not effectively create an arbitration agreement. In both cases, the documents had titles...more

Ninth Circuit Provides More Detailed Guidance on the Enforceability of Arbitration Provisions

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Norcia v. Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC in which it provided guidance on the enforceability of arbitration agreements in...more

Ransomware: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

Some forms of cyber extortion are automated and not targeted at any specific victim. For example, “ransomware” refers to a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their systems unless, and until, a ransom is paid....more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Orders Denying Arbitration In Two Class Action Lawsuits Against Samsung

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit issued two similar opinions arising out of Samsung’s appeals of orders denying arbitration in two putative class actions filed against it. The claims against Samsung allege that the smartphone maker...more

Sixth Circuit Denies Arbitration in TCPA Class Action for Calls to Past Customers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Phone calls made by a lawn care company after the termination of a customer's contract were beyond the scope of the parties' agreement to arbitrate any claim "arising from or relating to" their contract, the U.S. Court of...more

Arbitrator’s Decision On Availability Of Collective And Class Arbitration Withstands Procedural And Substantive Challenges

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court recently denied DISH Network (“DISH”)’s petition to vacate an arbitration award that decided an arbitration agreement with former employee Ray permitted collective or class certification. The...more

Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat

On Monday, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to compel arbitration in Bethune v. Lending Club Corporation, et al., a closely watched putative class action raising important issues...more

Circuit Court Gives Red Light to TruGreen’s Motion to Compel Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Sixth Circuit recently reversed a decision by the District Court for the Western District of Tennessee ordering arbitration in a putative class action lawsuit. Plaintiff brought a lawsuit against her lawn care services...more

Ninth Circuit: In-Box Arbitration Clause Not a Binding Contract

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Adding more complexity to the issue of arbitration contract formation, the Ninth Circuit has rejected Samsung's attempt to compel individual arbitration of fraud claims asserted by plaintiffs in two class actions. Ruling in...more

Advertising Law - December 2016 #3

FTC Reports on Disclosure Workshop - Following its September workshop, the Federal Trade Commission published a report on “Putting Disclosures to the Test.” Almost 1,000 individuals attended the workshop—225 in...more

Arbitration Risks: Why Arbitration is Not Necessarily Better, Faster, or Cheaper Than Litigation

by Fish & Richardson on

There is a widespread belief that arbitration is unequivocally a better, faster, and cheaper alternative to litigation. According to some advocates, the advantages of arbitration include (1) saving money by streamlining...more

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design...

This past summer, we wrote about two instances in which courts refused to enforce website terms presented in browsewrap agreements. As we noted, clickthrough agreements are generally more likely to be found to be enforced. ...more

FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules

by Carlton Fields on

On November 2, the FCC released its Report and Order adopting new privacy rules for telecommunications carriers after a 3-2 vote. After the reclassification of broadband internet access service as a telecommunications...more

Second Circuit Upholds Refusal To Compel Arbitration Due To Unavailable Forum, Recognizing Split In Federal Circuits

by Carlton Fields on

A borrower had previously entered into three payday loan agreements that contained arbitration provisions mandating that all claims be arbitrated in the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and under the Code of Procedure of the...more

Ten Things to Know About the CMS Long-Term Care Requirements Final Rule

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Deadlines are looming to come into compliance with sweeping changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for long-term care facilities (LTC) participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The CMS final...more

The Tenth Circuit Affirmed Decision That Two Putative Class Actions Must Be Arbitrated

by Carlton Fields on

This dispute involves two cable subscribers (Andrew Alwert and Stanley Freedman) who filed putative class actions against Cox Communications Inc. for allegedly tying monthly set-top box payments to its premium cable services....more

Uber Enforces Arbitration Due To Delegation Clause And Opt Out

The 9th Circuit’s decision to enforce the arbitration agreement in Uber’s agreements with drivers made lots of news last week.  And although it includes no new principles of law, it does emphasize some principles that come up...more

New York Federal Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause In Internet Contract

by Carlton Fields on

This case involves a putative class action filed in federal court in New York in 2015 by Spencer Meyer against Travis Kalanick, the founder of Uber Technologies, Inc., alleging that Kalanick “orchestrated and participated in...more

Second Circuit: Placing Order Online Did Not Bind Customer to Amazon’s Arbitration Provision

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an important decision underscoring the challenges faced by retailers and others in enforcing online arbitration agreements with their customers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed a district...more

Uber’s $100 Million Settlement Rejected by Judge; Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuit to Proceed

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Earlier yesterday, Uber was dealt yet another setback in its efforts to settle the IC misclassification lawsuits brought against it by Uber drivers in California and Massachusetts. As readers of this legal blog will recall...more

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