Arbitration Agreements

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New Year, Same Old Mistakes? Avoid Sexual Harassment At Your Dealership In 2017

Our last several Dealership Update newsletters have focused on new developments in dealership employment law, from heightened scrutiny of dealership arbitration agreements and employee handbooks, to the union threat in 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

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

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

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

Director Cordray responds to questions on proposed arbitration rule

Director Cordray has sent a letter to Senator Jeff Flake responding to a series of questions posed by the Senator on the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule. The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August 22, 2016. ...more

Arbitrator’s Decision On Availability Of Collective And Class Arbitration Withstands Procedural And Substantive Challenges

A Colorado federal court recently denied DISH Network (“DISH”)’s petition to vacate an arbitration award that decided an arbitration agreement with former employee Ray permitted collective or class certification. The...more

Victory for Large Home Builders: South Carolina Federal Court Rejects Class Arbitration

On February 1, 2017, a federal district court in South Carolina ruled that a standard arbitration agreement between a national homebuilder and purchaser does not permit the purchaser to pursue class arbitration. This appears...more

NLRB GC Instructs Regions to Hold on Class Action Waiver Cases Until Supreme Court Rules

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has instructed Regional Offices to hold in abeyance cases involving mandatory arbitration agreements with opt in or opt out clauses. Regions must do the same in cases...more

NLRB's General Counsel Issues Memo on Arbitration Issue Pending at Supreme Court

As a result of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant certiorari and address the dispute over whether class and collective action waivers are lawful in an arbitration agreement, many employers have asked whether similar...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

The Gorsuch Nomination: The Return of the Business Friendly Court?

Assuming Judge Gorsuch's confirmation, the Court will add a Justice with extensive commercial litigation experience, a particular expertise in antitrust and securities law, and a track record on the bench that demonstrates a...more

Singapore to permit third party funding of international arbitrations

Singapore is poised to become the first jurisdiction in Asia to introduce legislation permitting the use of third party funding in support of international arbitrations and related proceedings.? This follows the passing of...more

Two States Buck FAA Preemption, While Alabama Stays the Course

Three state supreme courts tackled arbitration law in recent weeks: Alabama, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. Rhode Island reversed a construction arbitration award because it disagreed with the arbitrator’s analysis. ...more

(Another) New Burden Placed on Pennsylvania Long Term Care Facilities- Determining Whether an Agent Actually Had Authority to Sign...

On February 1, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled in Petersen v. Kindred Healthcare, Inc., 2017 PA Super. 26, that a party, such a nursing home, must determine whether a successor agent actually has authority to act...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That the Effect of a Failure to Meet a Specific Contractual Deadline for Arbitration is a Procedural...

Tilson Home Corp. v. Zepeda, No. 14-16-00075-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 12022 (Tex. App. Nov. 8, 2016) - The Court of Appeals of Texas has held that an arbitrator—not a trial court—must determine whether a prerequisite to...more

Who is Neil Gorsuch and Where Does He Stand on Labor and Employment Issues?

President Donald Trump has promptly nominated a potential successor—Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Scalia’s unexpected death nearly a year ago. Since Scalia’s death, the High Court...more

Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat

On Monday, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to compel arbitration in Bethune v. Lending Club Corporation, et al., a closely watched putative class action raising important issues...more

Employers Hold Their Collective Breath re the Enforceability of “Class Action” Waivers in Arbitration Agreements — Supreme Court...

The Supreme Court is currently set to answer the question of whether employees must be permitted, if they choose, to pursue relief collectively in an arbitration proceeding. Is that “concerted activity” that is protected by...more

Employment Law - January 2017 #2

Supreme Court to Decide Validity of Class Action Waivers - Why it matters - After multiple petitions, and amidst a broadening split of the federal appellate courts, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed earlier this month...more

The Future of CMS’s Appeal of the Injunction Halting the Nursing Home Arbitration Ban

Due to the November 7, 2016, Mississippi district court order granting an injunction against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements in long-term care, nursing homes can...more

Third-Party Funding of International Arbitration is Now a Go in Singapore

On 10 January 2016, the Singapore Parliament passed the Civil Law (Amendment) Bill, which allows third-party funding of international commercial arbitration proceedings that are seated in Singapore. Together with the Civil...more

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