Class Action Arbitration

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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Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

Eighth Circuit Weighs in On Legality of Class Action Waivers

On June 2, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver was lawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Cellular...more

Class Action Waivers in Consumer Finance Arbitration Agreements to be Banned: CFPB Proposed Rule Open for Comment Until August 22,...

On May 24, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) long-anticipated Proposed Rule prohibiting the use of class action waivers in consumer finance arbitration agreements was published in the Federal Register...more

Congressman Hensarling’s Dodd-Frank replacement bill to include CFPB reforms

Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee Chairman, released a summary of a bill to replace the Dodd-Frank Act.  The bill is entitled “The Financial CHOICE Act,” with “CHOICE”...more

Circuit Courts Weigh Employee Arbitration Waiver Agreements with Divergent Results

Conflicting decisions issued within one week of each other from the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits exemplify the ongoing debate in circuit courts across the country about the enforceability of...more

Out On A Limb, 7th Circuit Creates Circuit Split Over Class Arbitration For Employees

Of all the federal circuit courts, I was not expecting the 7th Circuit to venture out on a limb to support the NLRB’s interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) as precluding class arbitration waivers. ...more

Circuit Split Develops Over The Enforceability Of Class Waivers In Employment Agreements

Affirming a district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held unenforceable a provision of an employment agreement mandating that wage-and-hour...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Collective and Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements are Unenforceable

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that collective and class action waivers contained in arbitration agreements with employees are unenforceable and violate the National Labor Relations Act. Reaching the opposite...more

House FY 2017 appropriations bill would curb CFPB authority, require another arbitration study

The fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill approved last week by the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee includes the following provisions intended...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements are Illegal and Unenforceable under the NLRA

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Lewis v. Epic-Systems Corp., finding that the company's arbitration agreement, which prohibits employees from participating in “any...more

CFPB Releases Spring 2016 Rulemaking Agenda

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not...more

Failure To Pay Costs Did Not Materially Breach Arbitration Agreement In Light Of Legitimate Dispute As To The Forum

A New Jersey appellate court affirmed an order dismissing a class action and compelling individual (non-class) arbitration. The underlying arbitration agreements provided that the defendant car dealership would pay all costs...more

Comment period on CFPB proposed arbitration rule ends August 22

With the publication of the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule in today’s Federal Register, the 90-day comment period is now running.  Comments on the proposal must be received on or before Monday, August 22, 2016....more

CFPB releases Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda

The CFPB has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not reflect the CFPB’s release of its proposed...more

High Praise for WSJ Editorial, with a Small Caveat

A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal is a “must read” for those who will be affected if the CFPB’s May 5, 2016 proposed rule banning class action waivers in consumer financial services arbitration agreements becomes...more

House Financial Services Committee Scrutinizes Basis of Proposed CFPB Arbitration Rule

On Wednesday May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the...more

CFPB Proposes Rule Banning Class Action Prohibitions

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposed rule that drastically limits the effectiveness of arbitration clauses in consumer financial product agreements. Specifically, the proposed rule...more

House to hold May 18 hearing on CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule

On May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the Public...more

CFPB Proposes Prohibition on Mandatory Consumer Arbitration Clauses

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued and sought comment on proposed rules prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses that deny groups of consumers their day in court. Under the proposed...more

CFPB Proposes Controversial Rule to Limit Use of Arbitration Agreements

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a long-awaited and highly-controversial proposed rule that, if adopted, would prohibit certain financial services companies from banning consumer class...more

The CFPB’s Proposed Anti-Arbitration Rule

The rule just proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate arbitration agreements is not a surprise: the Bureau has said for months that it was developing such a rule. This post examines the details...more

Is This the End of Arbitration for Consumer Financial Disputes?

The proposed rule has broad implications for the financial industry, which has relied on class action waivers in consumer agreements to ensure that arbitration is a cost-effective way of resolving disputes with customers....more

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

Significant Changes in Store for Consumer Finance Businesses – What You Need to Know Now About the CFPB’s New Arbitration Rules

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued new proposed rules for consumer financial services contracts. The proposed rules have two major components. First, the proposed rules prohibit class...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

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