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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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Is a FLSA Collective Action Waiver by Itself in a Severance Agreement Enforceable? Sixth Circuit Says “No.”

Employers have recently enjoyed some victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and in the California Supreme Court regarding the use of class/collective action waivers in employment arbitration agreements (e.g. Italian Colors and...more

Recent Decisions Enforcing Arbitration Provisions

For banking executives and in-house counsel, arbitration can be a preferable alternative to litigation to avoid costly trials and home-town advantages. In this article, we highlight four recent court decisions that affect the...more

The Contract Is King: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Two Recent FAA Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court addressed contract terms bearing on the availability of class arbitration in two opinions this term. The first, Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, confirms a district court’s limited power under the...more

High Arbitration Fees Prove Costly to Defendant

A recent decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals underscores the importance of keeping consumer arbitration agreements consumer friendly. In Clark v. Renaissance West, LLC, the court affirmed the trial court’s denial of a...more

A Welcome ‘Waive’ of Second Circuit Cases: Class Action Waivers Deemed Enforceable

For the better part of the last decade, the Second Circuit routinely and consistently struck down class action waivers in arbitration provisions....more

Second Circuit Holds That The Fair Labor Standards Act Does Not Bar The Enforcement of Class Action Waivers

Over the past week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) has issued two decisions in which it affirmatively held that: (i) a plaintiff cannot use the “effective vindication doctrine” to...more

Employers Should Reassess Strategy in Light of New Rulings from the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued two landmark rulings affecting the viability of arbitration as an alternative to costly litigation....more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Bows to U.S. Supreme Court on Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In an abrupt but not unexpected reversal, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has been forced to change its position on class action waivers in arbitration agreements in light of a new decision by the U.S. Supreme...more

First State Court Decision Is Reversed Under SCOTUS’ Amex Ruling

Put this post in the “I called it” category - On June 12, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared in Feeney that class arbitration waivers are invalid under Massachusetts law if plaintiffs cannot effectively...more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Enforces Class Action Arbitration Waiver

Eight days prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 133 S.Ct. 2304 (2013) (“AMEX”) (which we blogged here), the Massachusetts Judicial Court held that the Federal Arbitration...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 25, Issue 7 July 2013 -- Supreme Court Buttresses Class Action Waivers

In its recent decision in Am. Express Co. v. Italian Colors Rest., 133 S. Ct. 2304 (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court further buttressed the use of class-action waivers in arbitration agreements, finding such waivers enforceable...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2013: Waiver of Class Action Remedy Enforced Even Though Anticipated Costs of Individual...

In American Express Company v. Italian Colors Restaurant, a non-employment case, the Supreme Court enforced a class action waiver in an American Express (“AMEX”) arbitration agreement despite a restaurant’s objection that the...more

U.S. Supreme Court alert: American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant

Prior to its summer recess, the U.S. Supreme Court issued another decision concerning class arbitration which has implications for unionized and non-unionized employers with agreements to arbitrate workplace disputes....more

Supreme Court's American Express Decision Impacts Businesses Seeking to Avoid Being Sued in a Class Action

Businesses often use arbitration agreements as a tool to lessen the burden and cost of future litigation. On June 20, 2013, the Supreme Court released its opinion in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, which...more

"Business Cases in the US Supreme Court"

The U.S. Supreme Court recently closed its 2012 term with its usual headline-grabbing flurry of June decisions. Several of those decisions, as well as many more that received less publicity, will affect business interests. In...more

California District Court Compels Arbitration of Class and Collective Wage and Hour Claims

Dorothy Gale famously remarked upon finding herself in Oz “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Class action wage and hour plaintiffs on the west coast are now awakening to the fact that while they may still...more

Did You Know…U.S. Supreme Court Strengthens Class Action Waivers In AmEx Ruling

In another employer-friendly decision, the U.S. Supreme Court reinforced its support for class action waivers, ruling in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant that an explicit class action waiver in an arbitration...more

The "Effective Vindication" Doctrine is a Virtual Dead Letter After American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant

On June 20, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, No. 12- 133, held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires courts to enforce a contractual waiver of class action...more

Recent Class Arbitration Decisions by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and U.S. Supreme Court in Conflict

When a person agrees to a contract that prohibits class-wide proceedings — whether in court or in arbitration — can a court refuse to enforce that contract because it would make no economic sense for an individual to spend...more

Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Provision Barring Merchants From Bringing Class Action Antitrust Claims Against American...

The United States Supreme Court has issued a divided (5-3) decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, reaffirming the Court’s long-standing inclination to enforce contractual arbitration agreements....more

Supreme Court: Class Action Waiver Trumps Federal Statutory Right

Continuing its string of recent pro-arbitration decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision enforcing class action waivers in arbitration agreements, even where the plaintiff’s cost of proceeding on an individual...more

Supreme Court reverses Second Circuit and enforces arbitration clause that includes waiver of class arbitration

The Supreme Court has issued another in a series of decisions that have revealed its desire to limit the impact of class actions....more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Arbitration Waivers

If you use arbitration clauses to protect your company against class actions, you can breathe a little easier. The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that class action arbitration waiver provisions are enforceable -- even...more

American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant: A class action waiver in an arbitration agreement will be strictly enforced...

The Supreme Court on June 20 continued its recent trend of strictly enforcing the terms of arbitration agreements, holding that a contractual waiver of class arbitration is enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)...more

Supreme Court Decision Upholding Class Action Waivers is Good for Employers

On June 20, 2013, in a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not permit courts to invalidate a contractual waiver of class arbitration on the ground that the plaintiff’s cost...more

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