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FTC files amicus challenging arbitration provision

As industry and consumers await the results of the CFPB’s arbitration study, the FTC became the latest federal agency to weigh in on consumer arbitration issues. Recently, at the invitation of the Seventh Circuit, the FTC...more

No 'Vindication of Rights' Exception to Concepcion, Supreme Court Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered a knock-out punch to the last major court challenge to the use of class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements....more

Merchants Held To Arbitration Agreements - American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant

As for a bit of background, the purported class was made up of merchants that accept American Express (“AmEx”) cards. ...more

SCOTUS Says “Tough Luck” To Plaintiffs Whose Claims Are Too Pricey To Prove In Individual Arbitrations

In American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, a divided Supreme Court today reversed the Second Circuit and held that plaintiffs may not invalidate an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver merely...more

"UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills Proceeds with Private Competition Action Reforms"

The U.K.’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has issued a ‘government response’ or plan for reform indicating that the government will move forward with a number of substantial changes to the U.K.’s...more

Supreme Court to Hear Another Case on Class Arbitration Waivers

On November 9, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the enforceability of a class action waiver clause in agreements between American Express and merchants that accepted its cards. The merchants filed a proposed...more

New York Federal Court Holds That Meetings Related To Drafting Arbitration Clauses May Be Probative Of Antitrust Conspiracy...

In In re Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litig., 2012 WL 401113 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 8, 2012), Judge William H. Pauley III denied a motion for summary judgment by Defendants Discover and Citigroup after finding that a handful...more

Antitrust Claims That Credit Card Companies Conspired To Insert Arbitration Clauses in their Customer Agreements Survives Summary...

In re Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1409 (WHP) (S.D.N.Y. 2012), provides a good example on summary judgment of the intersection between arbitration clauses and the antitrust laws and illustrates...more

In re American Express Merchants' Litigation - Plaintiffs Survive Three Rounds In The Second Circuit, But Can They Survive The...

On February 1, 2012, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided In re American Express Merchants' Litigation, No. 06-1871-cv, (2d Cir. Feb. 1, 2012) ("AMEX III"), holding, for the third time, that a class...more

Recent Second Circuit Opinion Invalidates Class Action Waiver Provision in a Commercial Contract

In an effort to avoid class action litigation, many businesses include a waiver of class action claims in their contracts, limiting dispute resolution to arbitration of claims on an individual rather than class action or...more

The Second Circuit Refuses to Enforce a Class Action Waiver Under the FAA

In the wake of an increasing refusal by courts to enforce class action waivers under state unconscionability law, the Second Circuit has called into question the continued viability of such waivers under the Federal...more

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