Arbitration Agreements

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Interpreting Arbitration Agreements: Two Key Points from Recent Texas Supreme Court Decisions

The Texas Supreme Court recently added another opinion to its ever-growing body of law interpreting arbitration agreements. The opinion falls in line with prior decisions on two key issues: 1. what amounts to waiver of the...more

CMS Proposes Restrictions on Arbitration Provisions in Nursing Home Resident Agreements

The use of a binding arbitration provision in the pre-admission agreement between a senior living facility and its resident has become quite common. If properly drafted and presented to the resident or his or her...more

Federal Court Requires “Meeting of the Minds” To Enforce Arbitration Agreement Included in Employment Application

Last month, a federal court in Maryland denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration even though the plaintiff executed an arbitration agreement the employer had included in the plaintiff’s employment application. The...more

ELL SCOTUS Series # 5 – MHN v. Zaborowski

In our final installment of the blog series that previews employment cases being heard by the Supreme Court, the Zaborowski case will allow the Court to opine on the enforceability of arbitration agreements that may have...more

NLRB Won’t Take “No” For an Answer — Holds Class Action Waiver in Arbitration Agreement Unlawful Despite Two Previous Reversals at...

The NLRB has once again held that a mandatory arbitration agreement including a class/collective action waiver violates the National Labor Relations Act. With barely an acknowledgment that the Fifth Circuit reversed its last...more

Establishing the Application of The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act’s Arbitration Exception

On October 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued the mandate on its opinion affirming the judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia confirming...more

What Happens to LTC Arbitration Agreements if the Proposed CMS Rules are Implemented?

By now, most industry members are aware that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a proposed set of new rules for regulating long term care (LTC) facilities. During the review period, CMS...more

Ninth Circuit, California Agree: Employee Waivers of PAGA Representative Claims Unenforceable

A divided panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a 2-1 decision in the anticipated case of Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc. (Luxottica). Over a strongly worded dissent, the...more

Fifth Circuit (Again) Reverses NLRB and Finds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Do Not Violate the NLRA

The battle between the NLRB and the Fifth Circuit rages on, as the Fifth Circuit again ruled that employers do not violate the National Labor Relations Act when they require employees to sign arbitration agreements containing...more

Washington Employers, Be Careful When Demanding Arbitration Agreements from Current Employees

Yesterday, in case called Mayne v. Monaco Enterprises, Inc., a Washington Appellate Court struck down an arbitration clause because the employee faced immediate termination if he did not sign. The employee in this case had...more

Arbitration: A Comparison of the Pros and Cons

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were designed to “secure a just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 1. Yet with the previously “accepted rule that a complaint should...more

Are English arbitration awards ‘final, conclusive and binding’? – revisiting the right to challenge arbitration awards in English...

Recent debate on the right to appeal - Under limited circumstances, a party to an English arbitration award who is dissatisfied with the result can challenge that award in the courts. There are concerns that the current...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds Arbitrations with Class Waivers – Gasses NLRB in Murphy Oil Case

More frequently, employers are turning to arbitration agreements to keep lawsuits out of court and prevent the threat of run-away juries. Many arbitration agreements also contain class action waivers which require employees...more

New York Times article omits critical pro-arbitration facts

An article on consumer arbitration in this week’s Sunday New York Times concludes that “[b]y inserting individual arbitration clauses into a soaring number of consumer and employment contracts, companies… devised a way to...more

NC Business Court On Arbitrability: Clear And Unmistakable

You may have pondered over the question whether a Judge or an Arbitrator decides if a particular dispute is subject to an agreement to arbitrate. If you have wondered who makes that sort of decision, it's actually not an...more

Arbitration Clauses Under Attack – Do They Harm Consumers?

Arbitration clauses are a common feature in a large part of my business litigation practice. They are generally enforceable under both federal and state statutes (e.g., the Federal Arbitration Act and the Tennessee Uniform...more

CFPB Director Cordray Elaborates on Planned Consumer Arbitration Rulemaking

In the latest public pronouncement on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) intention to engage in rulemaking to ban the use of certain arbitration clauses in consumer contracts, CFPB Director Richard Cordray...more

New Jersey Arbitration Agreements Should Explicitly Waive the Right to Bring Claims in Court

On October 26, 2015, in the case Barr v. Bishop Rosen & Co., the New Jersey Appellate Division issued its first published decision applying the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in Atalese v. U.S. Legal Services Group LP to...more

CFPB Launches New Battle: Proposal to Ban Arbitration Clauses Blocking Group Action

Why it matters - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has picked its next battle: a proposal to limit the terms of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements in contracts involving consumer financial...more

Fifth Circuit Stands Pat, Again Rejects NLRB Attempt To Void Class And Collective Action Waiver

As expected, the Fifth Circuit once again has rejected the NLRB’s highly controversial position that the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) prohibits employers from requiring mandatory arbitration agreements that preclude...more

Overreaching or Underreaching? Comments on the CMS Proposed Rule on Arbitration Agreement in Long Term Care Facilities

During the 90-day public comment period on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule entitled “Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” which closed October 14, 2015, CMS received nearly...more

Alabama District Court Enforces Electronic Arbitration Agreement

On October 13, the Northern District of Alabama entered an order compelling an employer and employee to arbitration where the employer demonstrated the existence of an electronic arbitration agreement. Yearwood v. Dolgencorp,...more

Governor Brown Vetoes Controversial AB 465

On October 11, 2015, Governor Brown vetoed the controversial AB 465, legislation that attempted to make a sweeping prohibition of all mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of California employment. AB 465 required...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

CFPB Likely To Require Access To Class Actions And Data On Individual Arbitrations

Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has positioned himself as the Boogeyman that financial companies fear this Halloween season. Earlier this month, the CFPB outlined the proposals under...more

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