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Arbitration Agreements

Arbitration Agreement Enforced on Behalf of Nonsignatory

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Court of Appeal has utilized theories of equitable estoppel and agency to hold that an employee must arbitrate claims he asserted against an alleged joint employer, even though that defendant...more

State Supreme Courts Continue to Try to Chip Away at FAA Preemption; The United States Supreme Court Is Not Amused

The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq., does not contain an express preemption provision, nor was it intended to be the exclusive codified arbitration law in all circumstances. However, the United States...more

Third Circuit Permits Limited Discovery On Issue Of Validity Of Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

In an unpublished opinion, the Third Circuit affirmed a decision denying a defendant bank’s motion to dismiss a consumer complaint in favor of arbitration when the contract containing the arbitration clause was not referenced...more

U.S. Supreme Court Says: We Mean It--You Can’t Single Out Arbitration Agreements for Disfavored Treatment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Monday, May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its latest reminder to state and lower federal courts that they must treat arbitration agreements as equally valid as all other contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers Limited...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

New Expedited Procedure Automatically Applies to ICC Arbitration Agreements

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has amended the ICC Rules of Arbitration to put in place an expedited procedure that automatically applies to all arbitration agreements concluded after 1 March 2017 where the...more

Arbitrator’s Pre-Iskanian Decision That Paga Claim Must Proceed On An Individual Basis Was Not A “Manifest Disregard Of The Law”

by Carlton Fields on

A refinery operator (“Wulfe”), sued his former employer alleging several employment related claims, including a claim under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The court compelled arbitration, and the...more

Automatic opt-in expires under Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance

by Hogan Lovells on

The automatic opt-in applicable to domestic arbitration provisions under the Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609) is set to expire on 1 June 2017. ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms FAA Preemption Over Discriminatory State Laws

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Emphasizing that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that "single out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment," the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Kentucky Supreme Court's refusal to enforce...more

Supreme Court Rejects State Rule That Subjects Arbitration Agreements to Higher Standards

by BakerHostetler on

Some wondered why the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Kindred Nursing Centers L.P. v. Clark, No. 16-32, and after oral argument on February 22, 2017, many felt they knew the outcome. Indeed, Justice Stephen Breyer...more

Supreme Court Applies FAA Preemption to Contract Formation

The Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state law governing contract formation where a state rule discriminates against arbitration, a holding with broad implications for state-court decisions that...more

Supreme Court Reinforces the Primacy of the Federal Arbitration Act, Even Over a “Divine God-Given Right”

by Benesch on

Kentucky law speaks of the right to jury trial in theological terms. The Kentucky Constitution provides that “[t]he ancient mode of trial by jury shall be held sacred, and the right thereof remain inviolate, subject to such...more

Nursing Homes Finally Score a Victory: the Supreme Court of the United States Rules that States May Not Treat Arbitration...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

As blogged about before, the nursing home industry has long been under fire for the arbitration agreements used as part of the industry’s admissions process. Yesterday, in a victory for the industry, the Supreme Court of the...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 5/15-5/19

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Supreme Court Decides Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark, No. 16-32, holding that state courts may not single out arbitration agreements for “disfavored...more

SCOTUS Reverses KY Nursing Home Arbitration Decision; Refuses To Prioritize Right To Jury Trial

Just as I predicted, SCOTUS reversed the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision in Kindred this morning. The interesting piece, though, is that the seven member majority went out of its way to cut off some of the “on trend”...more

Class Action Waiver In Employment Arbitration Agreement Is Unenforceable, Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A class action waiver in an arbitration agreement is unenforceable under the National Labor Relations Act, Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel has ruled. Neal Pataky et al. v. The Brigantine, Inc., No. 3:17-cv-00352 (S.D. Cal. May 3,...more

Fourth Circuit Again Rejects Arbitration Request Under Payday Loan Agreement

by Goodwin on

On May 10, 2017, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the Middle District of North Carolina’s refusal to compel arbitration under the terms of a payday loan agreement. In Dillon v. BMO Harris Bank, N.A., BMO Harris attempted to compel...more

Arbitration Options Put Global Insurers In The Driver Seat

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Globalization of the insurance market has seen an increase in the use and enforcement of international arbitration agreements in insurance policies. When tragedy strikes or loss occurs, insurers have a variety of options to...more

Shouldn't You Be Using Arbitration Agreements to Reduce the Costs of Litigation and the Risk of Class Action Claims?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Businesses across the country regularly bemoan the time and expense of litigation. Even when businesses are successful in defending non-meritorious consumer claims alleging unfair or deceptive practices, false advertising,...more

Third Circuit Vacates District Court’s Decision And Remands For Further Proceedings Regarding Whether The Parties Agreed To...

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, plaintiff Aliments Krispy Kernels, a Canadian “snack purveyor,” brought suit to confirm an arbitration award it received against Nichols Farms, a pistachio grower, in New Jersey federal district court. Nichols...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Waiving Contractual Right to Arbitration

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on factors a court should consider when determining whether a party has waived a contractual right to arbitration. The factors, which are tied to potential prejudice...more

Justice Gorsuch Likely To Have Significant Impact on Labor and Employment Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the Supreme Court in April, and the apparent re-emergence of a 5-4 split, we expect to see the Court issue more expansive opinions and be less reticent to grant...more

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