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Eighth Circuit Holds That Question Of Class Arbitration Is For Courts, Not Arbitrators, To Decide

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, the question presented was whether a court or an arbitrator should determine whether an arbitration agreement authorizes class arbitration. The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet resolved this issue. Several circuit...more

Future of CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Rests in Hands of Senate

by Goodwin on

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Arbitration Rule from becoming effective with a vote of 231 to 190. The vote was mostly down party lines and...more

Second Circuit Issues Important Decision Strengthening the Enforceability of Digital Arbitration Agreements

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Businesses utilizing web or smart phone app-based contractual terms containing arbitration clauses made available by hyperlink should ensure that the link to the clause is reasonably conspicuous, and that the...more

No Signature? No Problem! Enforcing Arbitration Even Without Everyone Signing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California courts are often hostile towards defendants that seek to require litigious employees to honor their arbitration agreements. The defendant’s plight might seem more stark still if the defendant has...more

Eleventh Circuit Doesn’t Waffle on Enforceability of Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal found that an arbitration agreement entered into by a putative class representative and his eventual employer was enforceable even though the agreement was signed after the plaintiff filed...more

Tenth Circuit Declines To Disturb Arbitral Award Granting Fees And Costs In Wrongful Death Suit Against Nursing Home

by Carlton Fields on

The Tenth Circuit recently upheld a district court’s confirmation of an arbitral award ordering a nursing home (“THI”) to pay fees and costs associated with the arbitration of a wrongful death claim. A personal representative...more

DOJ Backs Class Action Waivers

by LeClairRyan on

The United States Department of Justice (DOL) has made an about face and now takes the position that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable. The change in position from the Trump Administration’s DOJ...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Tosses Employee Arbitration Agreement

In Dugan v. Best Buy, an unreported decision (thus far) by the New Jersey Appellate court, we are again reminded of the requirement that an employee’s waiver of the right to sue contained in an employee-employer arbitration...more

Convergys Corporation and LogistiCare Solutions, Incorporated v. NLRB – The Fifth Circuit Considers Class and Collective Action...

by BakerHostetler on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided two cases considering the impact of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) on class or collective action waivers required by companies for their applicants and...more

CFPB Arbitration Rule Hits a Roadblock

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule on pre-dispute arbitration agreements on July 10, 2017. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on July 19, 2017, and as such, it is due to...more

CFPB Final Arbitration Rule Bans Class Action Waivers, But Will it Survive?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced the release of its final rule prohibiting the use of class action waivers in certain consumer finance arbitration agreements. The rule has been several years...more

Patient Dies During Arbitration Agreement Rescission Period

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

What happens when a nursing home patient signs an arbitration agreement with a 30-day rescission, or cooling-off, period and then dies before the end of that period? Is the agreement enforceable because it wasn’t rescinded? ...more

CFPB Final Rule Banning Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements: The Final Front of Opposition as Congress Moves to Nullify...

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced the release of its final rule that prohibits the use of class action waivers in certain consumer finance arbitration agreements. This rule banning class...more

Expedited Dispute Resolution – How Disputes Can Be Resolved Quickly in the Energy and Commodities Sector

by Reed Smith on

One of the most common complaints about litigation and arbitration proceedings is the length of time it can take to resolve a dispute and get to a final judgment or award. Prolonged proceedings almost inevitably result in...more

Class Arbitration: Contractual “Crickets” Are Sufficient for Ninth Circuit to Determine That Class Arbitration Is Permitted,...

When is “silence” in an arbitration clause concerning class arbitration not “Stolt-Nielsen silence”? And what is the difference between a “claim” and a “procedure”? The Ninth Circuit seemingly took hair-splitting to a new...more

Class Action Waiver Cases Moved to the Top of Supreme Court's October Term

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that on the first day of its upcoming October term it would hear oral argument on three consolidated cases addressing whether employers' arbitration agreements that require employees...more

Chief Judge Stark Overrules Parties’ Objections, Adopts Judge Burke’s Order Denying Defendants’ Motion To Stay Pending Arbitration...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Order entered by The Honorable Leonard P. Stark in The Gillette Co. v. Dollar Shave Club, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 15-1158-LPS-CJB (D.Del. August 7, 2017), the Court overruled the parties’ objections to the...more

Six Arbitration Trends In 2017 (6th Blogiversary Post)

This is my 290th post at ArbitrationNation and today I celebrate six years of blogging. Woo hoo — that’s longer than most celebrity marriages! In honor of the occasion, here are updates on six of the hottest issues in...more

Hawaiian Punch: State Supreme Court Stands Up to SCOTUS on Arbitration

In January of 2016, SCOTUS granted review of an arbitration case from Hawaii, but summarily vacated and remanded it without analysis. (Unless you consider “Please read DIRECTV” substantive analysis.) Here’s the risk of that...more

No Privity? No Problem!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

May a stranger to an arbitration agreement compel arbitration against its signatories? According to the Second Department in Degraw Construction Group v McGowan Builders, Inc., 2017 NY Slip Op 05580 (2nd Dept July 12, 2017),...more

Construction Contracts And Arbitration Provisions: Is The Word “May” Mandatory? Maybe!

by Burr & Forman on

You don’t always say what you mean. And you don’t always mean what you say. In construction contracts, parties attempt to use plain and ordinary words to describe their respective obligations....more

When Is a Civil Penalty Not a Civil Penalty?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Plaintiffs cannot circumvent arbitration agreements by characterizing claims for statutory damages as claims for civil penalties. The purported PAGA exemption from arbitration agreements applies only to...more

The Impact of Death on the Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements

In Baker v. Italian Maple Holdings, No. D069797, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, recently held that an arbitration agreement was enforceable upon its execution and the fact that one signatory...more

House Financial Services Committee details case for contempt proceedings against Director Cordray for failing to comply with...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A report by the majority staff of the House Financial Services Committee concludes that there is a “valid and factual basis” for instituting contempt of Congress proceedings against Director Cordray. The report states that...more

Eleventh Circuit Defers To Arbitrator’s Interpretation Of Forum Selection Clause In International Dispute And Affirms Award

by Carlton Fields on

Questions of arbitral venue, even in international arbitration, are presumptively for the arbitrator to decide. The court so ruled despite arguments from an Israeli company that the arbitrator’s interpretation of an...more

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