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Supreme Court Set To Weigh In On Class Action Waivers

by Burr & Forman on

In late 2017 or early 2018, employers should anticipate clarity from the U.S. Supreme Court as to whether arbitration agreements requiring workers to waive their right to file class or collective actions violates the National...more

Court Affirms Arbitration Award, Finding No Violation Of Due Process Where Party Elected Not To Present Certain Evidence

by Carlton Fields on

Wilson, a former salesperson for Oracle, had unsuccessfully appealed the amount of her commission through Oracle’s internal compensation review process. Wilson then submitted a claim for arbitration alleging breach of...more

It’s time to think about arbitration agreements again following recent $15 million+ employee verdicts

Jury panels in the Los Angeles Superior Court (which is often referred to as “The Bank” by the plaintiffs’ bar) have recently delivered multimillion-dollar verdicts to former-employee plaintiffs. Many employers doing business...more

Stepping In: Arbitration Can Benefit All Parties

Arbitration can be a simpler, more effective alternative to the Labour Tribunal yet surprisingly few people are familiar with the process. It’s not for every employee, or for every dispute, but arbitration makes sense up...more

Fifth Circuit Continues To Approve Class Action Arbitration Waivers Over NLRB Objections

by Carlton Fields on

The opening case of the United States Supreme Court’s October 2017 term is a consolidation of three cases that present a Circuit conflict on the issue of whether the collective-bargaining provisions of the National Labor...more

Dancer's Claims Against Club Not Subject to Arbitration Clause, Third Circuit Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Employers should take note of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a case involving the arbitration clause in an independent contractor agreement....more

“Coercive” And “Disturbing” Arbitration Agreement Upheld Over Labor Commissioner’s Protest

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In OTO, LLC v. Kho, the California Labor Commissioner challenged a car dealership’s mandatory arbitration agreement. The agreement required employment disputes to be arbitrated under normal civil litigation...more

Federal Government Does About-Face on Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the changes in approach that the current administration has taken to the legal system—a change often overshadowed by other headlines—is the current administration’s willingness to enforce arbitration clauses. While...more

No Signature? No Problem! Enforcing Arbitration Even Without Everyone Signing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California courts are often hostile towards defendants that seek to require litigious employees to honor their arbitration agreements. The defendant’s plight might seem more stark still if the defendant has...more

Eleventh Circuit Doesn’t Waffle on Enforceability of Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal found that an arbitration agreement entered into by a putative class representative and his eventual employer was enforceable even though the agreement was signed after the plaintiff filed...more

DOJ Backs Class Action Waivers

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The United States Department of Justice (DOL) has made an about face and now takes the position that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable. The change in position from the Trump Administration’s DOJ...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Tosses Employee Arbitration Agreement

In Dugan v. Best Buy, an unreported decision (thus far) by the New Jersey Appellate court, we are again reminded of the requirement that an employee’s waiver of the right to sue contained in an employee-employer arbitration...more

Another Chapter in California’s PAGA Saga

Sounds like something our favorite attorney Bob Loblaw would be part of. In reality, the PAGA SAGA (for those of you without California employees) relates to PAGA, the acronym for California’s Private Attorneys’ General Act,...more

Class Arbitration: Contractual “Crickets” Are Sufficient for Ninth Circuit to Determine That Class Arbitration Is Permitted,...

When is “silence” in an arbitration clause concerning class arbitration not “Stolt-Nielsen silence”? And what is the difference between a “claim” and a “procedure”? The Ninth Circuit seemingly took hair-splitting to a new...more

Six Arbitration Trends In 2017 (6th Blogiversary Post)

This is my 290th post at ArbitrationNation and today I celebrate six years of blogging. Woo hoo — that’s longer than most celebrity marriages! In honor of the occasion, here are updates on six of the hottest issues in...more

Digging In Its Heels: Disputing The DOJ’s Position, The NLRB Remains Defiant In Supreme Court Brief That Individual Arbitration...

by BakerHostetler on

On August 9 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) filed its responsive brief in one of three cases before the Supreme Court that may determine the future validity of individual arbitration agreements in the...more

When Is a Civil Penalty Not a Civil Penalty?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Plaintiffs cannot circumvent arbitration agreements by characterizing claims for statutory damages as claims for civil penalties. The purported PAGA exemption from arbitration agreements applies only to...more

The War Between PAGA and Arbitration in California Continues - This Time Employers Win

by Carlton Fields on

Employers finally won a key victory in California courts in the continuing conflict between mandatory arbitration/class waiver agreements versus representative actions brought under the California Private Attorneys General...more

New York Appellate Court Sides Against The Second Circuit And Holds Class Action Waivers Violate The NLRA

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs, former insurance agents for defendants New York Life Insurance Company and its related companies, brought a putative class action seeking recovery for allegedly illegal wage deductions and violations of overtime...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Arbitration Agreement In Employment Application Was Unconscionable

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, Ritarose Capili, a sales associate, brought an action against her former employer The Finish Line, Inc. (“Finish Line”), an athletic retailer in California federal court. Finish Line made a motion to compel...more

Is “Class Arbitration” an Oxymoron — a Shoe Drops in the Second Circuit

In a recent series of articles, we asked whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of a Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable. Given the nature of...more

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

New York Appeals Court Holds Class Action Waivers Violate the NLRA While Employers Await Definitive Ruling From Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument in October on whether class and collective action waivers are enforceable. While employers await the Supreme Court’s decision, other courts continue to weigh in on the matter....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

Trump Department of Justice Reverses Course on Class Action Waivers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) changed its position with respect to the enforceability of class action waivers in the labor and employment context. The move came via the DOJ’s filing of an...more

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