Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Alan Kaplinsky and Professor Sovern: the arbitration debate continues

In a new American Banker article, Alan Kaplinsky, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, responded to an article by Professor Jeff Sovern that called into question Alan’s prediction that the...more

NY Times publishes another article on arbitration

This past Sunday, the NY Times published an article carrying the headline, “Efforts to Rein in Arbitration Come Under Well-Financed Attack.” The “well-financed attack” to which the headlined refers appears to be an...more

California Court of Appeal holds certain class action waivers may be unenforceable

Class action waivers have become common in consumer contracts, including sales agreements to purchase newly constructed residences and employment agreements, which may also contain arbitration clauses. After last year’s...more

NLRB Won’t Take “No” For an Answer — Holds Class Action Waiver in Arbitration Agreement Unlawful Despite Two Previous Reversals at...

The NLRB has once again held that a mandatory arbitration agreement including a class/collective action waiver violates the National Labor Relations Act. With barely an acknowledgment that the Fifth Circuit reversed its last...more

Arbitration Update

Following up on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announcement of controversial rulemaking on arbitration provisions, CFPB Director Richard Cordray offered further insight into the CFPB's intentions in remarks...more

Employment Law - November 2015

Following California, New York Toughens Equal Pay Law - Why it matters: Following in the recent footsteps of California, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Achieve Pay Equality Act, providing greater...more

Ninth Circuit, California Agree: Employee Waivers of PAGA Representative Claims Unenforceable

A divided panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a 2-1 decision in the anticipated case of Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc. (Luxottica). Over a strongly worded dissent, the...more

More criticism of NY Times arbitration articles from U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued further criticism of the recent articles on arbitration published in the New York Times. The Chamber’s initial comments focused on the Times’ first article in which Alan Kaplinsky,...more

Fifth Circuit Repeats Rejection of NLRB Ban on Class Action Waivers

When employers require employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, the agreements typically state that any subsequent arbitration must be brought in the employee’s individual capacity. In other words, the agreements...more

Fifth Circuit Again Rejects NLRB Ruling That Employment Agreements Requiring Individual Arbitration Are Unlawful

On December 16, 2014, we reported on the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling that Murphy Oil violated the National Labor Relations Act by requiring its employees to sign arbitration agreements which “requir[ed] . . ....more

Same Arbitration Story, Different Jurisdiction: NAF, NLRB, and Nursing Homes

Some arbitration topics just never die. This post strings together new cases on three of those topics: 1) whether arbitration agreements that call for the now-defunct National Arbitration Forum (NAF) are enforceable; 2)...more

Fifth Circuit (Again) Reverses NLRB and Finds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Do Not Violate the NLRA

The battle between the NLRB and the Fifth Circuit rages on, as the Fifth Circuit again ruled that employers do not violate the National Labor Relations Act when they require employees to sign arbitration agreements containing...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticizes NY Times arbitration articles

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued strong criticism of the first two articles on arbitration published in the New York Times this past Sunday and earlier this week. (The articles were part of a series of three reports.)...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds Arbitrations with Class Waivers – Gasses NLRB in Murphy Oil Case

More frequently, employers are turning to arbitration agreements to keep lawsuits out of court and prevent the threat of run-away juries. Many arbitration agreements also contain class action waivers which require employees...more

New York Times article omits critical pro-arbitration facts

An article on consumer arbitration in this week’s Sunday New York Times concludes that “[b]y inserting individual arbitration clauses into a soaring number of consumer and employment contracts, companies… devised a way to...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

Arbitration Clauses Under Attack – Do They Harm Consumers?

Arbitration clauses are a common feature in a large part of my business litigation practice. They are generally enforceable under both federal and state statutes (e.g., the Federal Arbitration Act and the Tennessee Uniform...more

Class-Action Waivers on the CFPB Chopping Block

Earlier this month, the CFPB announced that it may propose rules designed to curtail or eliminate class-action waivers from arbitration clauses. Arbitration clauses appear in most financial-services contracts to provide both...more

“Older Workers” Do Not Have To Arbitrate Statutory Employment Claim

Arbitration is having its 15 minutes of fame. Thanks to a series in the New York Times, my inbox is full of links to the articles, questions about the information, and fascinating commentary. [Next time I am in Oakland, I...more

Update on arbitration SBREFA panel

The CFPB has now taken two more significant steps towards issuing a proposed arbitration rule. On October 20, 2015, the CFPB convened its Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel to review the...more

CFPB Launches New Battle: Proposal to Ban Arbitration Clauses Blocking Group Action

Why it matters - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has picked its next battle: a proposal to limit the terms of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements in contracts involving consumer financial...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Iskanian Ruling Rendering PAGA Waivers Illegal

In Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc., the Ninth Circuit affirmed the California Supreme Court’s Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC decision (originally summarized in our June 2012 issue), which held...more

CFPB Likely To Require Access To Class Actions And Data On Individual Arbitrations

Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has positioned himself as the Boogeyman that financial companies fear this Halloween season. Earlier this month, the CFPB outlined the proposals under...more

Our thoughts on Director Cordray’s arbitration comments to the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board

In his remarks today to the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board, Director Cordray denigrated arbitration agreements as a “free pass” that allows companies to “sidestep the legal system, avoid big refunds, and continue to pursue...more

The Supreme Court Preview, Part II: Tuning Up Arbitration Clauses

This is the second post in our series “The Supreme Court Preview,” - California state and federal courts have a rocky history with the U.S. Supreme Court, as the highest court in the land has repeatedly reversed the...more

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