Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties... more +
Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties to arbitration agree in advance to be bound by the arbitrator's decision. Arbitration is an alternative to litigation, but it shares many of the familiar features of litigation. Namely, parties to arbitration hold hearings before neutral decision-makers, present evidence and argue the merits of their position. Parties often choose arbitration due to its perceived advantages over litigation. Those perceived advantages include greater efficiency and flexibility, and lower costs. less -
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CFPB Proposal Would Make Class Actions More Likely. Here's What's Next.

On Wednesday, October 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued proposals that would, if adopted, limit the use of arbitration provisions in contracts for consumer financial products. The CFPB’s proposals would not...more

CFPB Takes Aim at Class Action Waivers in Arbitration

On October 7, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is considering proposing rules that would prohibit companies from including in consumer contracts arbitration clauses that prevent...more

PAGA In The News – Ninth Circuit Sides with California Supreme Court On Enforcement of PAGA Waivers and California Amends The...

The Ninth Circuit Decision - Delivering a perhaps unexpected blow to employers, the Ninth Circuit sided with the California Supreme Court earlier this week in upholding the state-court-fashioned Iskanian rule, which...more

CFPB Proposes Ban on Class Action Waivers

Today, the CFPB announced at a field hearing in Denver, Colorado that it is considering proposing rules that would prohibit consumer financial services companies from using class action waivers in consumer arbitration...more

Tennessee Supreme Court Holds That State Unconscionability Law Does Not Implicate Concepcion And Is Not Preempted By FAA

The Supreme Court of Tennessee reversed the lower courts’ rulings that a non-mutual arbitration provision in an installment contract on the sale of a manufactured home was unconscionable and unenforceable. In doing so,...more

Arbitration Puzzler: Nevada’s Anti-Waiver Rule Preempted; California’s Anti-Waiver Rule Not Preempted

Two opinions came out recently in disputes over the arbitrability of putative class actions alleging that employees were not paid for overtime (and other labor violations). In one, the Nevada Supreme Court acknowledged that...more

Don’t Throw the Class Waiver Baby Out with the Arbitration Agreement Bathwater

Sound advice that the world has lived with since 1512…until recently flushed by the Ninth Circuit. Not so quick to discard 500 years of wisdom, however, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether this idiom will rest in...more

CFPB Proposes Banning Use of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Consumer Class Actions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced today that it is considering rules prohibiting application of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to class litigation involving certain consumer financial...more

No Surprise Here—CFPB Proposes to Significantly Curtail Arbitration Agreements

On October 7, 2015, the CFPB announced its proposals regarding arbitration agreements in consumer financial product contracts. In a move that has plaintiffs’ class action lawyers cheering, the CFPB proposes to require...more

2015 International Arbitration Survey: Improvements and Innovations in International Arbitration

International arbitration is constantly evolving in response to the changing needs of its users. Its adaptability and party-driven nature allow for a system and processes that can be tailored as required. Stakeholders at all...more

Sixth Circuit Reverses Vacatur Of Award Stressing Limited Scope Of Permissible Judicial Review

The district court had vacated an arbitration award that had reinstated a terminated hospital employee under a collective bargaining agreement. The district court based its ruling on its interpretation of the CBA, which it...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), which promises significant trade liberalization and investment protection, is...

After 10 years of negotiations, trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries representing 40% of the world’s economy and one-third of global trade have reached a trade agreement, referred to as the Trans-Pacific Partnership...more

In Battle Over Employment Compensation, Second Circuit Affirms District Court Decision To Deny Arbitration

On interlocutory appeal, the Second Circuit affirmed a district court decision denying arbitration because a later-signed compensation agreement did not retroactively apply as it contravened the intent of a prior independent...more

Lawyer’s harassment investigation report was not solicitor-client or litigation privileged: union entitled to a copy, says...

The mere fact that a lawyer prepared an investigation report does not make it privileged, a labour arbitrator has held, granting the union’s request for a subpoena to obtain the report. The Durham Regional Police Association...more

Supreme Court Update: Maryland V. Kulbicki (14-848) And Order List

… und willkommen zurück! Oktober Term 2015 kicks off today with argument in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs (13-1067), a case which explores the contours of the commercial-activity exception to the Foreign Sovereign...more

When is a Vehicle Not a “Vehicle”?

Two police officers were riding in a police car that was struck by an intoxicated underinsured driver. The officer in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries that were inadequately compensated by the tortfeasor’s...more

US Courts Affirm Expansive Discovery Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782

International litigants continue to rely on 28 U.S.C. § 1782 in disputes with US-based parties. While the statute was considered relatively obscure not long ago, it is now an important and frequently-used tool to obtain...more

Arbitration of Nursing Home Suits: Take Two

Quasi Tort Reform in Nursing Home Litigation Is on the Way! Last fall, I posted a blog about the national trend of including arbitration provisions in nursing home admission agreements. This trend peaked following the...more

Second Circuit Affirms District Court Decision To Compel Arbitration In Patent Infringement Battle Between LG And WI-LAN

A Second Circuit 3-judge panel affirmed a district court decision denying a request for declaratory and injunctive relief while subsequently compelling arbitration in a licensing infringement suit. On appeal, LG Electronics,...more

SCOTUS Selects Second Arbitration Case For 2015 Term

2015 was a dry spell in arbitration decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, but 2016 promises to be much more interesting. In addition to the California case being heard next week, SCOTUS just granted certiorari over another...more

HorrorFest 2015 Celebration I- The Films of Val Lewton and a Win for the DOJ

Today, October 2, is the first Friday in October so I begin my annual month of Friday HorrorFest Film highlights. This year I wanted to highlight the films of one of the great unknowns of horror films, Val Lewton. Lewton, a...more

Ky. Ruling Casts Doubt on Health Care Arbitration Agreements

Health care institutions in Kentucky may want to take a fresh look at their patient arbitration provisions, in light of a September 24 decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Out-of-state institutions may want to take a...more

Third Circuit Applies Constructive Knowledge Standard And Finds Waiver Of Arbitration Panel Challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has found that post-award objections to an arbitrator were waived because the party had constructive knowledge of the arbitrator’s insufficient disclosure. The court held that a...more

Court Rules That Procedural Law Is Synonymous With the Law of the Seat Arbitration

A recent decision of the English Commercial Court (Shagang South -Asia (Hong Kong) Trading Co Ltd v Daewoo Logistics [2015] EWHC 194 (Comm)) addresses a potential ambiguity in poorly drafted dispute resolution clauses. In...more

Director Corday testifies before House Committee on Financial Services

On Wednesday, September 29, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Committee on Financial Services to answer questions regarding the Bureau’s activities since March. Director Cordray used his introductory...more

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