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Arbitration Agreements

Professor Sovern Disagrees with Senator Warren and Concedes that Consumers Do Well in Arbitration But Raises Another Red Herring

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Professor Jeff Sovern has responded to our recent blog, “Senator Warren’s Numbers Don’t Add Up,” with a blog of his own. He does not contest the main point of our blog, which was that Senator Warren’s claim that consumers...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In Allied v. OSMI, the Circuit affirms dismissal of a declaratory judgment action even though Allied’s Mexican distributors had been sued in Mexico on a corresponding Mexican patent. In a first Waymo v. Uber case, the panel...more

CMS Lifts Ban on Arbitration Agreements and Proposes Rules for Transparency in the Arbitration Process

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In a new proposed rule published in June 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to abandon its previous rule prohibiting long term care facilities from entering into pre-dispute arbitration...more

Senator Warren’s Numbers Don’t Add Up

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a press release issued earlier this week, Senator Elizabeth Warren argued that the CFPB’s arbitration rule should not be repealed under the Congressional Review Act because consumers recovered “in only 9 percent of the...more

Arbitration: a new forum for business and human rights disputes?

by Hogan Lovells on

As the international community turns its focus to the third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – “Access to Effective Remedy” is the central theme of the upcoming 2017 UN Forum on Business and...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Plaintiff Entitled To Trial On Issue Of Whether An Arbitration Agreement Was Executed

by Carlton Fields on

Defendant provided the district court with copies of two contracts – a Reinsurance Participation Agreement and a Request to Bind – that were purportedly signed by Plaintiff’s CEO and contained arbitration clauses....more

Chris Lazarini Examines Unconscionability Claims in Arbitration Clause

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which a plaintiff filed a breach of fiduciary duty claim in federal court and opposed defendants' efforts to move the claims to arbitration. The plaintiff claimed...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Reaffirms Strong Federal Preference for Enforcing Arbitration Agreements in the Evolving Era of...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a big win for the tech industry and app developers, and for other companies seeking to enforce arbitration agreements through web-based interactions, last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the plaintiff in...more

What to Watch - Supreme Court to Consider Whether Agreements to Waive Employees' Class or Collective Action Rights are Enforceable

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In recent years, employers have increasingly been subject to class and collective actions lawsuits by employees alleging various employment law violations, including claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In response,...more

Upcoming Programs On CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In July, the CFPB issued its Final Arbitration Rule on the use of arbitration provisions in consumer financial services products and services.  I will be participating in two upcoming programs related to the Rule....more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Vacatur Of Arbitration Award Based On Prior Termination Of Sales Contract

by Carlton Fields on

The Sixth Circuit has affirmed an order vacating an arbitration award, agreeing with the district court that the mandatory arbitration clause at issue was unenforceable upon termination of the agreement in which it was...more

Equifax And The CFPB Arbitration Rule: A Tempest In A Teapot

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The recent data breach disclosure by Equifax raised an outcry from consumer advocates trying to link the data breach to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) final arbitration rule. They are portraying this...more

Ninth Circuit: “Zombie” Cookie Installer Cannot Compel Arbitration Based on Verizon Arbitration Agreement

Takeaway: Non-parties who seek to rely on equitable estoppel to compel arbitration of claims based on an arbitration agreement they did not sign face an uphill battle in the Ninth Circuit. In In re Henson, No. 16-71818, 2017...more

Gig Employers, Arbitration Agreements, and the Power of the “Click”

by Fisher Phillips on

How important is your businesses’ terms of service (TOS) agreement, usually presented to users of your business model through a process requiring them to click “I agree” before they can access your platform? A recent case...more

Lessons From Two Auto Dealer Arbitrations About Nonsignatories

In two recent decisions, the Alabama Supreme Court made clear that if an arbitration clause specifies it only applies to disputes between the two parties who sign the clause, that will be strictly enforced. No third party...more

London Court Upholds Arbitral Award In Contractor Dispute In Face Of Challenge That Arbitral Panel Failed To Consider Coverage...

by Carlton Fields on

A court in London recently upheld an arbitral award in the face of claims that the arbitral panel failed to consider several coverage defenses one party asserted during the proceedings. The arbitration arose from a dispute...more

K&L Gates Triage: Reading the Fine Print: A Closer Look at the Proposed Regulation over Arbitration Clauses in Long-Term Care...

by K&L Gates LLP on

This episode discusses CMS’ policy shift regarding binding pre-arbitration dispute clauses in long-term care resident agreements over the course of the past year. CMS’ current proposal reverses the ban on binding pre-dispute...more

Procedural Provision Of FAA Inapplicable In California State Court Action When Arbitration Agreement Is Silent On Choice Of Law Or...

by Carlton Fields on

A California appellate court has upheld an order denying a motion to compel arbitration due to the possibility of conflicting rules, finding that, when a contract is silent on choice of law, California procedural rules, not...more

Uber Customer Arbitration Agreement Enforceable Under California Law, Says Second Circuit

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has found that Spencer Meyer, a customer of Uber, was provided “reasonably conspicuous” notice of Uber’s Terms of Service to which he “unambiguously manifested assent” when he created an Uber account, such...more

Following Series Of Procedural Battles, Bankruptcy Court Sends MF Global Holdings Dispute To Arbitration In Bermuda

by Carlton Fields on

In the latest opinion arising from a coverage dispute following MF Global Holdings’s bankruptcy, the Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York sent the dispute to arbitration in Bermuda pursuant to the underlying...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

Second Circuit Upholds Uber’s Mobile Contracting Process, Establishing Template for Mobile Online Contracting

In recent years, courts have issued varying rulings as to whether online or mobile users adequately consented to user agreements or terms of service when completing an online purchase or registering for a service. In each...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

State Contract Law Governs Which Parties May Enforce An Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

Courts must apply state contract law principles to determine who may enforce an arbitration agreement. These “background principles of state contract law regarding the scope of agreements (including the question of who is...more

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