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Arbitrators, Not Courts, To Decide Availability Of Class Arbitration Under Parties’ Agreement

A federal court in New York has held that arbitrators, not courts, should decide whether class arbitration is available under an arbitration agreement entered into between private parties. The court had previously compelled...more

CFPB’s Preliminary Report: Financial Consumers Can Only Avoid Arbitration By Using A Credit Union

Say it’s twenty degrees below zero outside, and you’d already seen boiling water turn into “snow” immediately upon making contact with the air, what would you do next? Assuming you were all caught up on your Words With...more

Reed Elsevier v. Crockett: Sixth Circuit Rules That Courts, Not Arbitrators, Decide Whether an Arbitration Agreement Allows...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that courts, not arbitrators, decide whether an arbitration agreement permits classwide arbitration, unless the parties clearly and unmistakably agreed...more

Class Arbitration “No Mere Detail”

In a case likely to affect employer-employee arbitration agreements, one court has ruled that a court, and not an arbitrator, must determine whether ambiguous arbitration agreements cover class claims. Reed Elsevier, Inc. v....more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Whether An Arbitration Agreement Compels Classwide Arbitration Is A “Gateway Issue” For Court To Decide

In Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Crockett, No. 12-3574 (6th Cir. Nov. 5, 2013), the Sixth Circuit held that whether an arbitration agreement permits arbitration of a class action is a “gateway” issue to be decided by the courts and...more

Employment Flash - July 2013

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court Issues Two Important Decisions Under Title VII - Supreme Court Holds Lone Plaintiff’s FLSA Collective Action Is Moot When Claims Are Resolved Before Certification -...more

11th Circuit Affirms Arbitrator’s Class Ruling but Leaves Arbitrability Undecided

Applying the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Oxford Health Plans v. Sutter, the 11th Circuit affirmed an arbitrator’s conclusion that the parties’ agreement permitted class-wide arbitration....more

The U.S. Supreme Court Ended the Term with an Exclamation Mark at the End of Its Statement on Class Actions and Arbitration: The...

The Supreme Court’s October 2012 Term could rightly be named “The Year of the Class Action.” The High Court received many petitions for review and ultimately issued more than five decisions that tackled issues impacting the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in American Express Case Upholds Class Action Arbitration Waivers

On June 20, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, by a 5-to-3 margin, that a group of merchants was bound by an arbitration agreement that prohibits them from bringing class action claims against American Express, even if the...more

US Supreme Court Defers to Arbitrator’s Decision to Allow Class Arbitration in Healthcare Action

The US Supreme Court affirmed a ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upholding an arbitrator’s decision that a contract provided for class arbitration. The Court held that where parties consent to arbitrate...more

Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

Last week, the United States Supreme Court decided American Express v. Italian Colors Restaurant and affirmed the right of parties to agree to class action waivers in arbitration contracts....more

Supreme Court Upholds American Express’s Class Arbitration Waiver

On June 20, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled for American Express in a closely watched class action case. In American Express v. Italian Colors Restaurant (No. 12-133), the Court ruled on a 5-3 vote (with Justice Sotomayor...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - June 21, 2013

In this issue: - CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transactions and Trading Platforms - NFA Issues a Notice Regarding Segregated Account Balance Reporting - CME Group Introduces Self-Match...more

Supreme Court Defers to Arbitrator on Class Arbitration

On June 10, 2013, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed in Oxford Health Plans v. Sutter an arbitrator's decision to allow class arbitration based on contractual language in a physician's dispute with a health...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013

In Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, the United States Supreme Court affirmed an arbitral decision allowing the plaintiff to proceed with classwide arbitration even in the absence of express language to that effect in the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Whether Arbitration Agreements That Are Silent Concerning Class-wide Arbitration Can Be Arbitrated as...

The United States Supreme Court has answered whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) empowers an arbitrator to determine that the parties to an arbitration agreement agreed to authorize class arbitration based only on the...more

What Is The Lesson Of Oxford Health Plans v. Sutter?

The Supreme Court today decided Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter. This decision expands the scope of class actions in arbitration....more

SCOTUS Affirms Arbitrator’s Decision To Allow Class Arbitration In Sutter

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Sutter today, unanimously holding that as long as the arbitrator bases a decision to allow or disallow class arbitration on the text of the parties’ agreement, her “construction...more

Supreme Court Rules Even “Good, Bad, or Ugly” Arbitrators’ Decisions Must Stand

This morning, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to overturn, under section 10(a)(4) of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), an arbitrator’s decision that a contract authorized class...more

Class Arbitrations Under Attack—But Survive

Originally published in the Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers Volume 7, Number 1, in Winter of 2013. There are certain indisputable benets of commercial arbitration: knowledgeable trier of fact,...more

Arbitrational Trends -- Winter 2013

In This Issue: The International Front: Understanding the Unique Features of International Arbitration; The Domestic Front: The Future of Class Arbitration in the United States; and Arbitral Perspectives: An Interview...more

Once More unto the Breach: The U.S. Supreme Court Takes Another Case Regarding Class-Wide Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court recently announced that it will return to the trenches of arbitration jurisprudence. Specifically, the Court granted certiorari in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, No. 12-135 (U.S.), to...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Another Major Class/Collective Action Arbitration Case

On December 7, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certification in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, No. 12-135, 675 F.3d 215 (3rd Cir. 2012). In Oxford, the Third Circuit affirmed a decision that an arbitrator did not...more

Supreme Court To Clarify Key Issues Regarding The Permissibility Of Class Arbitration

In the last several years, the enforcement of agreements to arbitrate disputes, whether between businesses or between businesses and their employees, has become a hotly contested issue in the courts. The U.S. Supreme Court...more

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide When Sufficient Contractual Basis Exists for Class Arbitration

In another demonstration of its interest in resolving issues arising under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will decide what contractual language provides a sufficient...more

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