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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Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Class Action Waivers In Employment Arbitration Agreements

On August 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (which covers California) struck down a "concerted action waiver" (i.e., a waiver of class, collective or other group actions) in an arbitration agreement....more

Arbitration in Employment Sea Change?: Ninth Circuit Holds Mandatory Class Action Waivers Unlawful

Can employers still require employees to sign arbitration agreements with class action waivers as a condition of employment? Last week, the Ninth Circuit became the second appellate court to adopt the National Labor...more

9th Circuit Sides With the NLRB: Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Violate the National Labor Relations...

A divided panel (2-1) of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an employer violates the National Labor Relations Act by requiring employees to sign arbitration agreements that contain class or collective action...more

Ninth Circuit Rules that Agreements Precluding Employees from Bringing Class Action Claims Violate Federal Labor Law

In a sweeping ruling with far-reaching implications for California employers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – the federal appellate court for the Western United States – has concluded in Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP that...more

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a...more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Arbitration Agreement with Class Action Waiver

On August 22, 2016, the Ninth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in the split amongst U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal on the issue of enforceability of employment arbitration agreements precluding class actions. The Ninth...more

Five Things That Should Be In Your Arbitration Agreement (Blogiversary Listicle #5)

I am celebrating my fifth anniversary of blogging by publishing one listicle per day this week, and today is the last one (sniff, sniff). To recap: Monday’s topic was the five biggest surprises in arbitration law; Tuesday’s...more

Holding Class Waivers Violate the NLRA, Ninth Circuit Joins Circuit Split

Requiring class and collective action waivers as a condition of hire or continued employment violates the National Labor Relations Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, has ruled. Morris v....more

Ninth Circuit, California Appellate Court Take Aim at Arbitration Agreements

The Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal have each issued decisions that may fundamentally affect how employers deal with arbitration agreements in the future. In Morris v. Ernst & Young, the Ninth Circuit held...more

Ninth Circuit Sides with NLRB in Divide over Employee Arbitration Waiver Agreements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced this week that it agrees with the National Labor Relations Board that individual arbitration waiver agreements, which prevent employees from filing or participating in...more

West Coast—Time to Check Your Employment Agreements: Ninth Circuit Negates No-Class Action Clause in Arbitration Agreements

This week, the Ninth Circuit held that Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) arbitration agreement that prohibited its employees from filing class actions violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). E&Y required as a condition of...more

Five Arbitration Cases You Should Know (Blogiversary Listicle #3)

I am celebrating five years of blogging by publishing one “listicle” per day this week. Monday, the topic was the five biggest surprises in arbitration law; Tuesday it was the five states most hostile to arbitration. (None...more

Reining In Individual Arbitration – Ninth Circuit Rules Class Waivers Unenforceable

In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth Circuit became the second federal court of appeals to agree with the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) position that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) prohibits class action waivers in...more

And Now There Are Two: The Ninth Circuit Strikes Class Arbitration Waivers Joining the Seventh Circuit on Finding that these...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit and the NLRB in finding that mandatory arbitration agreements that require all claims to be brought by employees on an individual basis violate the NLRA. On...more

Fifth Circuit Confirms Award Under Federal Arbitration Act’s “Exceedingly Deferential” Standard

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently confirmed an arbitration award in an underlying employment dispute, finding that the appellant failed to demonstrate that the award was the product of...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Arbitration Provision Prohibiting Concerted Actions Violates the National Labor Relations Act and is...

In Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP (hereinafter “Morris”), the Ninth Circuit held that an arbitration provision prohibiting the filing of concerted actions, signed as a condition of employment, violated the National Labor...more

Five States Most Hostile To Arbitration (Blogiversary Listicle #2)

I am celebrating five years of blogging by publishing one “listicle” per day this week.  Yesterday, the topic was the five biggest surprises in arbitration law.  Today, it is the five states where I would not want to argue in...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Arbitration Agreement That Required Employees to Bring Claims in “Separate Proceedings” Illegal Under the NLRA

On August 22, 2016, in Morris et al. v. Ernst & Young, LLP, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit followed the lead of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the U.S Court of Appeals for the...more

Federal Court Has Subject-Matter Jurisdiction To Decide Petition To Compel; Determines Party Did Not Waive Arbitration By Agreeing...

Despite a pending motion to compel arbitration in state court, a party (MetLife) petitioned a Tennessee district court under the Federal Arbitration Act for the same relief. As that Act itself does not create federal-question...more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Class Waiver in Arbitration Agreement

In a ruling that widens the divide between federal appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit sided today with the Seventh Circuit and the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) in holding that the class action waiver provision of...more

Ninth Circuit Strikes Class Arb Waivers

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals weighed in, today, on the propriety of class action arbitration waivers under the NLRA. The Court held that such waivers violate Sections 7 and 8 of the NLRA in the context of a pending...more

California Supreme Court Holds “No Universal Rule” Exists When Deciding Who Should Determine Availability of Classwide Arbitration

On July 28, 2016, the California Supreme Court added to the ever-changing body of case law regarding classwide arbitration when it held that “no universal rule” exists regarding who (the court or the arbitrator) should decide...more

Arbitration Provisions – Class Action Claims

Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc. - Supreme Court of California (July 28, 2016) - Does the court or the arbitrator decide whether the parties to an arbitration agreement intended class arbitration where the...more

Is Refusal To Pay Fees A Way Out Of Arbitration?

The 9th Circuit recently allowed a claimant to proceed in court after her arbitration had been terminated due to her  failure to pay half the arbitration fees. Tillman v. Tillman, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 3343785 (9th Cir. June...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration

In an unpublished decision, the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a California district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration. The case involves claims brought by a putative class action of exotic dancers under...more

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