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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New York’s Highest Court Enforces Arbitration Provision in California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Agreement, Rejecting...

A recent ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals underscores the Federal Arbitration Act’s(“FAA”) strong policy favoring enforcement of arbitration agreements—even in the insurance industry and despite federal policy...more

“The ABC’S of ACB’S” – Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy Court

You’ve decided that your business will fare better if you put a mandatory arbitration clause into all of your contracts. You want to be fair to your counterparty, so you choose to arbitrate under the Federal Arbitration Act....more

Sign O’ The Times: SCOTUS Denies Cert In Franchise Arbitration Dispute

On Monday of this week, after stringing the parties along for five months, SCOTUS denied cert in a case involving the intersection between arbitration and franchise regulation. The petition was filed in November of 2015,...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

New York Federal Court Considers Procedural Attacks To Arbitration Confirmation Proceedings

Late last month, a federal district court in New York tackled procedural challenges to an arbitration confirmation proceeding. The arbitration arose from a dispute between an insurer and its reinsurer over the amount due to...more

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory Appeal Of Order Denying Motion To Stay Under Federal Arbitration Act For Lack Of...

Western Security Bank brought an action in the United States District Court for the District of Montana against certain doctors seeking to enforce commercial loan guaranties. The doctors asserted that a non-party, Meridian...more

Fifth Circuit: Diversity Jurisdiction Over FINRA Award Based on Demand

The Fifth Circuit Bar Association’s summary reports: “Appellants were investors who suffered financial losses as a result of R. Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme. In their arbitration complaint, they sought $80 million in...more

Federal Courts Lack Jurisdiction Over Enforcement Of Foreign Judgments, Even Where Judgment Is Inconsistent With Earlier...

Plaintiff Albaniabeg, power plant operator, sought enforcement of an Albanian judgment in a New York state court against defendant Italian power companies. Section 205 of the FAA permits removal of an action that relates to...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

Arbitration Under Fire: Brace Your Company for Less Contract Freedom and More Class Actions

Since the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) of 1925, the United States has had a policy preference for arbitration, even when an arbitration provision includes language barring class action litigation. We saw this most recently...more

Federal Court Confirms Reinsurance Arbitration Award, Finding That Panel’s Alleged Calculation Error Did Not Justify Modification...

A federal court recently granted a reinsurer’s motion to confirm an arbitration award, and denied a cedent’s petition to modify the same, holding that the panel’s alleged error in computing the amount due to the cedent was...more

Exhibit C For The Case That California Is No Longer Anti-Arbitration

The Supreme Court of California this week enforced the arbitration agreement between an employee and employer. Yes, you read that right. While reputed to be reliably anti-arbitration, California’s highest court continues to...more

Employment Law - March 2016 #3

New EEOC Suits: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Violates Title VII - Why it matters - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a pair of landmark lawsuits alleging sex discrimination based...more

New York Federal Court Addresses Umpire’s “Pre-Selection” Disclosure Obligations In Reinsurance Dispute

In a dispute arising out of a series of contentious reinsurance arbitrations over a seven-year period between National Indemnity Company (“NICO”) and IRB Brasil Ressegurous S.A., the court confirmed three awards issued by an...more

Arbitration Program Gets Straight AAA’s Despite Failing in JAMS

On March 1, 2016, the New Jersey Appellate Division upheld a decision to compel an employee to arbitrate her dispute with Raymours Furniture Inc. (“Raymours”) before the Arbitration Association of America (“AAA”) after JAMS...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Arbitration Over Class Action Litigation

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CLASS ARBITRATION WAIVERS - With its ruling on December 14, 2015, the Supreme Court continues to protect arbitration as a means of dispute resolution by cracking down on attempts to circumvent the...more

In 3 Recent Decisions, Supreme Court of Arkansas Deeply Divided on Arbitration

The Supreme Court of Arkansas has issued three opinions within the span of four weeks, all on the topic of whether defendants can compel arbitration. Each of the opinions came with a vigorous dissent. The cases offer an...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

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Refusal To Compel Arbitration Due To Unavailable Forum

A borrower had previously entered into a pay day loan agreement in August of 2012, which contained an arbitration provision mandating that all claims be arbitrated in the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and under the Code...more

New York Court of Appeals: McCarran-Ferguson Act Does Not Reverse Preempt Application of the Federal Arbitration Act to Enforce...

Monarch Consulting, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., __ N.Y.3d __, 2016 WL 633946 (N.Y., Feb. 18, 2016) Case at a Glance - National Union Fire Insurance of Pittsburgh (“National Union...more

New York Court Of Appeals Finds Mccarran Ferguson Act Does Not Reverse Preempt The FAA With Respect To California Insurance Code §...

In an action to compel arbitration under payment agreements entered into between National Union and its insured, the New York Court of Appeals held the determination of arbitrability was not barred by the McCarran Ferguson...more

Witnesses in Arbitration – Federal Arbitration Act

Testimony and documents may be obtained in arbitration in accordance with the parties’ agreement, the applicable institutional arbitration rules and provisions of law (federal and state arbitration acts, as applicable). My...more

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too? Handbook Contract Disclaimers & Mandatory Arbitration Policies

A New Jersey court recently used the so-called contract “disclaimer” language in an employer’s handbook to preclude the employer from enforcing a mandatory arbitration program contained in that same handbook. The court’s...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

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