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Going on the Offensive: How Retail and Restaurant Employers Can Mitigate Risk by Implementing Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

Over the past several years, there has been a growing trend of retail and restaurant businesses requiring their employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. Why? When properly drafted, mandatory arbitration...more

Wavering on Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

Last week’s enormous settlements of up to $100 million in class action cases against Uber were reminders of the ongoing opposition to class action and other joint action waivers in arbitration agreements. The same is true of...more

New York’s Highest Court Enforces Arbitration Provision in California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Agreement, Rejecting...

A recent ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals underscores the Federal Arbitration Act’s(“FAA”) strong policy favoring enforcement of arbitration agreements—even in the insurance industry and despite federal policy...more

“The ABC’S of ACB’S” – Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy Court

You’ve decided that your business will fare better if you put a mandatory arbitration clause into all of your contracts. You want to be fair to your counterparty, so you choose to arbitrate under the Federal Arbitration Act....more

Untangling the Webb of Arbitrability: The Fourth Circuit Holds That Courts Determine the Availability of Class-Wide Arbitration

Is the availability of class-wide arbitration a “gateway” question for courts, or are arbitrators charged with such a decision once a matter is compelled to them? In Dell Webb Communities, Inc. v. Carlson, the Fourth Circuit...more

Federal Courts Lack Jurisdiction Over Enforcement Of Foreign Judgments, Even Where Judgment Is Inconsistent With Earlier...

Plaintiff Albaniabeg, power plant operator, sought enforcement of an Albanian judgment in a New York state court against defendant Italian power companies. Section 205 of the FAA permits removal of an action that relates to...more

Proposed Legislation Would Set Back Corporations’ Use of Arbitration Clauses

The Restoring Statutory Rights Act of 2016, sponsored by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, was sent to congressional committee on February 4, 2016 for consideration. The bill would place restrictions on companies’ use...more

Exhibit C For The Case That California Is No Longer Anti-Arbitration

The Supreme Court of California this week enforced the arbitration agreement between an employee and employer. Yes, you read that right. While reputed to be reliably anti-arbitration, California’s highest court continues to...more

Employment Law - March 2016 #3

New EEOC Suits: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Violates Title VII - Why it matters - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a pair of landmark lawsuits alleging sex discrimination based...more

Ninth Circuit Remands PAGA Cases To Lower Courts To Determine The Proper Forums For Arbitration Or Litigation

We previously reported on California courts refusing to enforce waivers contained in arbitration agreements of representative claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”). These cases have...more

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too? Handbook Contract Disclaimers & Mandatory Arbitration Policies

A New Jersey court recently used the so-called contract “disclaimer” language in an employer’s handbook to preclude the employer from enforcing a mandatory arbitration program contained in that same handbook. The court’s...more

Class Action Report: 2010-2015

Over the last decade, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a string of opinions with profound implications for the enforceability of arbitration provisions and class action waivers in consumer contracts. These decisions, the most...more

MLB Litigation Brief: Class Action Questions Open After Scalia’s Death, Arbitration Fees and American Rule & More

2015 Witnesses Record Securities Class Actions: The National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA) recently released its report, Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2015 Full-Year Review, detailing the...more

"Employment Flash - February 2016"

The February 2016 edition of the Employment Flash looks at the EEOC's proposal for collecting equal pay information, the DOL's recent interpretation of joint employment liability under the FLSA and MSPA, Lyft's settlement of...more

Public Citizen petitions Dept. of Education to ban use of arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance

Public Citizen, Inc. has sent a petition to the Department of Education requesting the Department to adopt a rule that requires schools to agree, as a condition of receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act...more

Appellate Court Reverses Order Granting Motion To Compel Arbitration

In a three paragraph memorandum decision, the Ninth Circuit has reversed an order of a district court granting a motion to compel arbitration. The Court held that the district court erred in holding that the non-movant,...more

Scalia Sizzled on Arbitration

Justice Scalia wrote some blockbuster decisions about arbitration, enforcing arbitration agreements regardless of their real-world impact, and making a potentially dry topic exciting and contentious. Readers of his opinions...more

New Federal Bill Seeks to Limit Use of Arbitration Agreements

Earlier this month, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a bill, titled “Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act of 2016,” that would limit the use of arbitration agreements in civil rights cases,...more

Democratic Senators introduce bill to limit use of arbitration agreements

Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy and several other Democratic Senators have cosponsored a bill that would place new limits on the use of arbitration agreements. According to Senator Leahy’s press release, the “Restoring...more

Delaware Federal Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Commercial Dispute, Finding That The FAA Standard, And Not The Delaware...

Roquette Freres, S.A. and Solazyme, Inc. entered into a Joint Venture Operating Agreement (the “JVOA”), which was established for the purpose of “the research and development, manufacture, distribution, sales, marketing and...more

"Class Action Waivers: Are They Enforceable?"

Class action waivers in arbitration agreements continue to occupy the attention of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and uncertainty in this area of law raises ongoing concerns for employers. In D.R. Horton, Inc.,...more

Uber, DirecTV and Beyond

Much of corporate America is determined to require consumers and employees to arbitrate disputes, including waiving their right to participate in class action lawsuits. ...more

When it Comes to Arbitration Agreement Class Action Waivers, Concepcion is Still the Law, Even in California.

In 2014, we blogged about a California state appellate court decision invalidating the arbitration clause in DIRECTV’s consumer contracts. We found that California decision to be noteworthy because it seemed to fly in the...more

Avoiding ERISA Medical Treatment Class Actions with Arbitration Provisions?

Insurers are getting hit with more class actions regarding the denial of medical treatments, like behavioral therapy treatments for autism spectrum disorders. These can be expensive: In May 2015 ConAgra Foods Inc. and Blue...more

U.S. Supreme Court Applies Concepcion In Reversing Order Finding Class Arbitration Waiver Unconscionable Under California Law

On December 14, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court applied its landmark Concepcion decision and reversed a California appellate court’s ruling that an arbitration clause containing a class arbitration waiver was unenforceable under...more

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