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Recent Decisions Clarify (Un)Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

Companies looking to waive class action rights of employees may instead be waving goodbye to provisions in their employment contracts. Two recent decisions in California—one administrative and one in the 9th Circuit—recently...more

Waiting for Gorsuch: SCOTUS Kicks Important Class-Action Waiver Case to Next Term

Last week, the United States Supreme Court informed litigants in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that it is pushing the case to its October 2017 term. The lawsuit, which rose up through the Western District of Wisconsin and the...more

Fate of House bill to change class action procedures could be barometer for CFPB arbitration rule

On February 9, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-12 passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, a bill that would make significant changes to the procedures for class actions in federal...more

Expedite your Settlement Using Bracketing

Give brackets a chance. No seriously, what have you got to lose? Lawyers often groan when the idea of bracketing comes up in mediation. But brackets can fast forward negotiations and avoid energy sucking baby steps when...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms California District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award

In this matter, a California district court confirmed an arbitration award in favor of D.A.R.E. America, and denied a motion to vacate the arbitration award by D.A.R.E. New Jersey, Inc. D.A.R.E. New Jersey, Inc. appealed to...more

Supreme Court Postpones Consideration of Class Action Waivers Until 2017 Term

In one of our previous posts, we highlighted that the United States Supreme Court granted review to address the legality of class action waivers in arbitration agreements among employers and employees. The case, NLRB v....more

New Jersey Seeks to Become Center Of International Arbitration

New Jersey has taken the first step toward becoming a global center of international arbitration by enacting the International Arbitration, Mediation, and Conciliation Act (the “Act”) on February 6, 2017. The Act provides the...more

NC Fiduciaries Have a Duty to Explain Arbitration Agreements in Contracts

The Supreme Court of North Carolina recently issued an opinion that could have a substantial impact on the enforceability of arbitration agreements when a fiduciary relationship exists, particularly in the context of consumer...more

In-the-Box Agreements: Samsung Case Illustrates Pitfalls of Compelling Contractual Arbitration

On January 19, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion examining contract formation under California law in the context of enforcing an arbitration provision contained in an in-the-box agreement. (Norcia...more

Uber Rolls Along, Despite Driver Challenges to its Arbitration Agreement

Companies operating in the “on-demand” or “gig economy” have enjoyed tremendous success in recent years, as emerging technologies and shifts in consumer tastes have buoyed their growth. These companies span a cross-section of...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Colorado River Abstention And That State Court Appropriately Determined Arbitration...

An earlier-filed state court action determined the enforceability of an arbitration agreement, before a federal district court could rule on a motion to compel arbitration. The federal district court thereafter abstained from...more

Supreme Court Delays Oral Arguments Regarding Employment ‘Class Arbitration’ Waivers

UPDATE: On February 8, 2017, the Supreme Court announced that it would delay until its October 2017 term oral arguments in the consolidated cases concerning the enforceability of class arbitration waivers in employment...more

Investment Treaty Arbitration: How Multinationals Can Structure Their Investments to Obtain Treaty Protection

In a previous article, we explained how a U.S.-based company that had established a subsidiary abroad could benefit from protections against unfair conduct of a foreign State that are found in most bilateral investment...more

Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements: A Changing Landscape

Because arbitration proceedings often offer a less costly and more efficient alternative to the burdens of protracted courtroom litigation, arbitration agreements are increasingly common in the nursing home industry. However,...more

The Appeal in Teal: Challenging Commercial Arbitration Awards in Canada

How final is a final award in a commercial arbitration? The scope of appeal rights against commercial arbitration awards is again before the Supreme Court of Canada. Will this be the last word on the subject?...more

Are Class Action Waivers Enforceable?

The Supreme Court granted petitions for certiorari in three lawsuits challenging the legality of arbitration agreements that bar workers from pursuing class actions. The Court consolidated the cases, Murphy Oil USA Inc., Epic...more

Supreme Court Postpones Consideration of Class Action Waivers Until 2017 Term

In one of our previous posts, we highlighted that the United States Supreme Court granted review to address the legality of class action waivers in arbitration agreements among employers and employees. The case, NLRB v....more

First Circuit Affirms District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award Under The “Look-Through” Test

The background of this matter could be found here. In sum, Plaintiffs Dr. Luis Ortiz-Espinosa and his wife Maritza Soto-Garcia, the conjugal partnership they formed, Espinosa-Soto, and Luis Ortiz-Espinosa, as trustee of...more

CBAs Must Specifically State Intent to Arbitrate Statutory Rights

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal has held that unless a collective bargaining agreement includes an explicitly stated, clear and unmistakable, intent to waive the right to a judicial forum for statutory causes of...more

The DIFC Court as a "conduit jurisdiction" - new development

The power of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court to act as a so-called "conduit" jurisdiction for the enforcement of arbitral awards rendered in mainland Dubai (Onshore Dubai) has been severely restricted by...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Law on Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards under the New York Convention

On January 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Second Circuit) issued its decision in CBF Indústría de Gusa S/A v. AMCI Holdings, Inc., a case considering important questions on the...more

Petition To Vacate Arbitration Award Served By Email Did Not Constitute Service Under FED. R. CIV. P. 5

The Second Circuit has affirmed a decision finding email insufficient for service, absent consent to such method. In the underlying district court, the Petitioner emailed a copy of his petition to one of Respondent, Deutsche...more

Worth the Wait?: SCOTUS to Hear Argument on Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Contracts in 2017 Term

As we previously reported, the Supreme Court granted petitions for certiorari in three lawsuits challenging the legality of arbitration agreements that bar workers from pursuing class actions. The Court consolidated the...more

3 Class Actions, 3 Motions to Compel Arbitration, 1 Class Action Survives

The Ninth, Sixth, and Third Circuits all recently issued decisions about whether putative class or collective actions could proceed despite the existence of arbitration clauses. In two of those decisions, the courts found...more

Congress in Process of Passing Disapproval Resolution of Blacklisting Regulations

On February 2, 2017, by a vote of 236 to 187, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a joint resolution of disapproval to block the Final Rule implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe...more

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