Federal Arbitration Act

The Federal Arbitration Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1925 that governs arbitration in contracts implicating interstate commerce. The Act applies in both federal and state courts. 
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Multiple PAGA Representative Claims Crumble As Federal Courts Continue To Reject Iskanian and Enforce Arbitration Agreements...

When the California Supreme Court decided Iskanian v. CLS Transp. Los Angeles, LLC, 59 Cal. 4th 348 (2014), this June, some legal commentators assumed that employees could not waive pre-litigation claims under the Private...more

FINRA Proposes Arbitration and Exam Fee Increases, Declares Rebate

Following the final 2014 meeting of the Board of Governors last week, FINRA announced its proposal to increase fees associated with cancelling or postponing an arbitration hearing. In a December 4, 2014 email to firms, FINRA...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Lower Court And Affirms Arbitrator’s Award

Reversing the Court of Chancery’s ruling vacating an arbitration award, the Delaware Supreme Court held in SPX Corporation v. Garda USA, Inc. that the arbitrator’s decision should have been affirmed because the arbitrator’s...more

SOX Squelches Arbitration of Entangled Claim

In Laubenstein v. Conair Corp., No. 5:14-cv-05227 (W.D. Ark. Nov. 19, 2014), Plaintiff claimed retaliation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) and a state-law claim for wrongful termination. A recent amendment to SOX...more

Further Thoughts on the St. John’s Consumer Arbitration Study

Jeff Sovern, through his Consumer Law & Policy Blog, recently responded to our criticism that the St. John’s study didn’t include arbitration provisions with opt-out features. Jeff makes the point that since consumers don’t...more

Murphy Oil USA, Inc.: NLRB Holds on Class Action Arbitration Agreements - NLRB Reaffirms Its 2012 D.R. Horton Ruling Despite...

The National Labor Relations Board (Board) in Murphy Oil USA, Inc. and Sheila M. Hobson (Murphy Oil) refused to back away from its controversial 2012 ruling in D.R. Horton, Inc. and Michael Cuda (D.R. Horton) finding class...more

NLRB Reaffirms 2012 D. R. Horton Decision

The decision holds that arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers violate the National Labor Relations Act. On October 28, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) held fast to its...more

Unchecked: How Frazier v. CitiFinancial Eliminated Judicially Created Grounds for Vacatur Under the Federal Arbitration Act

Arbitration agreements play a pivotal role in resolving civil disputes. In an effort to avoid the time and expense of litigation, arbitration is often favored over traditional judicial remedies. In 1925, Congress passed the...more

McCarran-Ferguson vs. the FAA: Judge Posner Declares TKO in Favor of Arbitration

In a bout before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, two heavyweight federal statutes squared off, with coverage for hundreds of long-tail, asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits on the line. In one corner:...more

High-Court Showdown Looming? NLRB Defends D.R. Horton Section 7 Decision with Full-Throated Rebuttal in Murphy Oil

In the wake of federal circuit courts rejecting its position on the issue of class action waivers, the National Labor Relations Board is digging in its heels, perhaps preparing itself for a Supreme Court battle. Employers...more

State Supreme Court’s Interpretation of FAA Sidesteps SCOTUS Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent string of pro-arbitration decisions is well documented. In those decisions, the Court has not hesitated to admonish state courts for failing to follow the Federal Arbitration Act...more

Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Admission Agreements

In response to increasing runaway verdicts with large awards for punitive damages, many nursing homes are including arbitration clauses in their admission agreements. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Marmet Health Care...more

NLRB Refuses To Yield On Anti-Arbitration Ruling Despite Near-Unanimous Rejection By Courts

Friday was Halloween, an occasion when our thoughts turn to jack o’lanterns, ghosts, and zombies. We are particularly fascinated by zombies—the dead returned to life. But we’re not the only ones. In a decision early last...more

Arbitration vs Forum-Selection Clauses: Chicken & Egg Dilemma?

Last week the Fifth Circuit weighed in on how inartfully crafted arbitration and forum-selection clauses might trump one another. Together with recent decisions from the Second and Ninth Circuits – each with cert petitions...more

Including PAGA Representative Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Post-Iskanian

After the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, which held that PAGA representative action waivers are unenforceable under California law, employers have struggled with whether to...more

Federal Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitrator’s Subpoena Duces Tecum To Non-Party

A United States district court in Louisiana recently dismissed a suit brought under the Federal Arbitration Act to enforce a subpoena duces tecum issued in an arbitration proceeding. The district court granted the defendant’s...more

PAGA Claims and Arbitration – A Federal Court Parts Ways With Iskanian

The California Supreme Court’s decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transp. Los Angeles, LLC, held that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) except as to claims that...more

Under FAA, Chicago Court Refuses To Determine Whether Claims Should Be Part Of Pending New York Arbitration

A dispute involving competing actions between two competing aeroponic farming companies, FarmedHere, LLC and Just Greens, LLC (doing business as Aero Farm Systems), was simultaneously at issue in a New York arbitration, a New...more

NJ Supreme Court: Consumer Contract Arbitration Clauses are Unenforceable Unless Consumers Are Clearly Notified that Court Redress...

Arbitration clauses in consumer contracts are unenforceable in New Jersey unless they specifically state that a consumer is waiving the right to pursue statutory and constitutional remedies in court, the New Jersey Supreme...more

Arkansas and New Jersey Sidestep Concepcion Hurdle and Declare Consumer Arbitrations Invalid

Two state supreme courts found consumer arbitration agreements unenforceable in the past week: Arkansas and New Jersey. Arkansas grounded its decision on the lack of mutuality in the consumer arbitration agreement (similar to...more

Arbitration Denied In Class Action Where Plaintiff’s Trust Was A Party To Arbitration Agreement, But Plaintiff Was Not

In a life settlement transaction, in which a life insurance policy is sold by its owner to another for more than its cash-surrender value but less than the net death benefit, the seller contended that the broker and purchaser...more

End Of The World As We Know It (for Employment Arbitration)?

Cue the R.E.M folks, because the Supreme Court of Missouri issued a 4-3 opinion recently that appears to upend many employment arbitration agreements in that state. Baker v. Bristol Care, Inc., __ S.W.3d__, 2014 WL 4086378...more

Want to Arbitrate Employee Disputes? Keep Your Paperwork!

Arbitration agreements, and their use as a means to avoid class action disputes in particular, have been repeat news items in the last several years, and many companies continue to consider their use as a means to mitigate...more

Website Hyperlink Alone Does Not Establish User’s Assent to Arbitration Agreement, Ninth Circuit Holds

In a case intersecting the 89-year-old Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and the digital era, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a consumer who did not read the company’s terms of use when ordering a product on its website was not...more

Nitty Gritty Advice for Compelling Arbitration under the FAA

I regularly receive questions about compelling arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act. In particular, people ask : (1) Can I file a motion to compel before any other “complaint” is filed; (2) What should I call my...more

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