Arbitration Agreements

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Comment period on CFPB proposed arbitration rule ends August 22

With the publication of the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule in today’s Federal Register, the 90-day comment period is now running.  Comments on the proposal must be received on or before Monday, August 22, 2016....more

CFPB releases Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda

The CFPB has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not reflect the CFPB’s release of its proposed...more

High Praise for WSJ Editorial, with a Small Caveat

A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal is a “must read” for those who will be affected if the CFPB’s May 5, 2016 proposed rule banning class action waivers in consumer financial services arbitration agreements becomes...more

Value Insights: Delivering Value in Labor and Employment Law survey

Proskauer's Labor and Employment Law Department released its Value Insights: Delivering Value in Labor and Employment Law survey, a resource that illuminates current practices and future trends in managing labor and...more

Eighth Circuit: Delay In Asserting Right To Arbitrate And Using Litigation Machinery Results In Waiver

The plaintiff, a terminated employee, had signed a two year employment agreement and a separate arbitration agreement with a home décor company. The plaintiff was terminated after six months and sued the defendant in...more

Fishermen Avoid Being Caught In Arbitration’s Net

What are the defining characteristics of an arbitration agreement? The dissent in a new 9th Circuit case took on that vexing issue, while the majority sidestepped it altogether while refusing to compel arbitration....more

Arbitration Provisions Mauled by Consumer Watchdog

Companies offering payment services or financial products to consumers are facing a proposed rule from the CFPB that would prohibit class action waivers in binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Although the information...more

Ground-breaking referral: Are arbitration clauses in BITs between EU Member States void?

In recent years, the number and economic relevance of bilateral investment treaties (“BITs”) has significantly increased. BITs are international treaties which provide for assurances in favour of investors from the...more

House Financial Services Committee Scrutinizes Basis of Proposed CFPB Arbitration Rule

On Wednesday May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the...more

California Court of Appeals Approves Electronic Signatures on Arbitration Agreements 

It has become increasingly common for companies to have new employees sign important documents – including contracts and arbitration agreements – using electronic signatures. In light of this fact, some employers have...more

Fourth Circuit: Courts, Not Arbitrators, Decide the Availability of Class Arbitration

A decision allowing class-wide arbitration can transform a routine dispute into a “bet the company” problem. Who makes that decision: an arbitrator or a court? The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals answered that question...more

CFPB Proposes Ban on Class-Action Limitations in Arbitration Agreements

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or the “Bureau”) issued a long anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for arbitration agreements (the “Proposal”) that, if finalized as proposed, is...more

Rethinking the “Standard” Arbitration Clause in Cloud Agreements

Twenty or so years ago, arbitration began to gain wide acceptance among lawyers as a viable alternative for the effective resolution of civil disputes. Clients were beginning to view “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR) as...more

CFPB Proposes Ban to Mandatory Arbitration Provisions

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) soliciting comments on a proposed rule to prohibit covered institutions from including, in most...more

CFPB Proposes Rule Banning Class Action Prohibitions

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposed rule that drastically limits the effectiveness of arbitration clauses in consumer financial product agreements. Specifically, the proposed rule...more

New York Appellate Division Reverses Order Compelling Arbitration And Reinstates Complaint Based Upon Terminated Agreement’s Forum...

New York’s First Department finds there was no clear manifestation parties had abandoned a forum selection clause by a later agreement which mandated arbitration in London. In 2000, the parties entered into two agreements:...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Rule Seeking to Prohibit Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

On May 5, the CFPB released a highly anticipated proposed rule that would ban covered providers of most financial consumer products and services from including mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in future consumer...more

House to hold May 18 hearing on CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule

On May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the Public...more

CFPB Proposes Prohibition on Mandatory Consumer Arbitration Clauses

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued and sought comment on proposed rules prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses that deny groups of consumers their day in court. Under the proposed...more

CFPB Proposes Controversial Rule to Limit Use of Arbitration Agreements

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a long-awaited and highly-controversial proposed rule that, if adopted, would prohibit certain financial services companies from banning consumer class...more

The CFPB’s Proposed Anti-Arbitration Rule

The rule just proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate arbitration agreements is not a surprise: the Bureau has said for months that it was developing such a rule. This post examines the details...more

Is This the End of Arbitration for Consumer Financial Disputes?

The proposed rule has broad implications for the financial industry, which has relied on class action waivers in consumer agreements to ensure that arbitration is a cost-effective way of resolving disputes with customers....more

Fourth Circuit Considers Whether Arbitration Agreement Was Binding Where Parties Modified Contract Through Conduct

In early April, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether an arbitration agreement was “a written provision” for purposes of the Federal Arbitration Act where the parties modified the contract through their...more

Significant Changes in Store for Consumer Finance Businesses – What You Need to Know Now About the CFPB’s New Arbitration Rules

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued new proposed rules for consumer financial services contracts. The proposed rules have two major components. First, the proposed rules prohibit class...more

CFPB Targets Mandatory Arbitration Clauses to Protect Consumer Class Actions

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a proposed rule to prohibit providers of certain consumer financial products and services from using arbitration clauses to block consumers from filing...more

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