Class Action Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act

A class action is a type of legal action where a representative individual or group of individuals can bring a claim on behalf of a larger group or class who share a common legal interest.
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Fourth Circuit Considers Whether Arbitration Agreement Was Binding Where Parties Modified Contract Through Conduct

In early April, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether an arbitration agreement was “a written provision” for purposes of the Federal Arbitration Act where the parties modified the contract through their...more

CFPB Targets Mandatory Arbitration Clauses to Protect Consumer Class Actions

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a proposed rule to prohibit providers of certain consumer financial products and services from using arbitration clauses to block consumers from filing...more

CFPB Proposes New Class Action Arbitration Rule: Possible Challenges and Practical Impacts

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) yesterday issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, among other things, would prohibit the use of class action waivers in arbitration clauses in connection with a broad...more

CFPB issues proposed rule to prohibit class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements

As widely anticipated, the CFPB announced at its field hearing today in Albuquerque, New Mexico that it is proposing regulations that would prohibit covered providers of certain consumer financial products and services from...more

CFPB Publishes Proposed Rule Banning Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Consumer Class Actions

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) published a proposed rule which would prohibit application of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to class litigation involving a broad range of consumer...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Regulations To Prohibit Class Action Waivers in Consumer Arbitration Agreements

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced at a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that it is proposing regulations that would prohibit covered providers of certain consumer financial products...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

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

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

Emerging Trends in Arbitration: Battle Brewing Between Executive and Judicial Branches

In recent years, arbitration has become a divisive issue. Exemplifying the increased public focus on arbitration, The New York Times ran a three-part series in 2015 that was very critical of the state of arbitration law. In...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

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

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

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

What the United States Supreme Court’s Decision in Direct TV v. Imburgia Means For Your Consumer Agreements and Arbitration...

Last week, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Direct TV v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___ (2015). This decision is important for manufacturers of consumer products because it fortifies the ability to incorporate...more

Supreme Court Reiterates The FAA’s Preemptive Authority

On December 14, 2015, the United States Supreme Court in DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___, No. 14-462, slip op. at 1 (Dec. 14, 2015), doubled down on its previous holdings that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”)...more

Supreme Court Update: DIRECTV, Inc. V. Imburgia (14-462), White V. Wheeler 14-1372) And Order List

First, in DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia (14-462), the Court addressed for the third time in five years the latest fad in Federal Arbitration Act jurisprudence: whether to enforce a waiver of class arbitration in a consumer...more

Supreme Court to California Courts: You Can’t Ignore Us or the FAA

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly-anticipated opinion in DirecTV, Inc. v. Imburgia et al., 577 U.S. ___ (2015), which reaffirmed its ruling in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 56 U.S. 333 (2011), dealing...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

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

Fifth Circuit Stands Pat, Again Rejects NLRB Attempt To Void Class And Collective Action Waiver

As expected, the Fifth Circuit once again has rejected the NLRB’s highly controversial position that the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) prohibits employers from requiring mandatory arbitration agreements that preclude...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

Responding to Professor Sovern: how Dodd-Frank Section 1028 limits the CFPB’s power to regulate arbitration agreements

In a blog post earlier this week, Professor Jeff Sovern took issue with statements made by a legal expert that suggest an amendment to the Federal Arbitration Act would be necessary for the CFPB to ban class action waivers in...more

Struggle At The Supreme Court Over Arbitration Clauses

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to familiar territory last week in DirecTV Inc. v. Imburgia (argued Oct. 6, 2015): the enforceability of an arbitration clause in a consumer contract containing a class action waiver. But...more

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