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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Democratic Senators introduce bill to limit use of arbitration agreements

Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy and several other Democratic Senators have cosponsored a bill that would place new limits on the use of arbitration agreements. According to Senator Leahy’s press release, the “Restoring...more

January Arbitration Update: Effective Vindication, Class Arbitration, and FAA Preemption

Lots of interesting arbitration law has been made already in 2016, so here is a roundup from the first four weeks of the year. As a teaser, courts have resuscitated the effective vindication doctrine, found arbitrators cannot...more

Delaware Federal Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Commercial Dispute, Finding That The FAA Standard, And Not The Delaware...

Roquette Freres, S.A. and Solazyme, Inc. entered into a Joint Venture Operating Agreement (the “JVOA”), which was established for the purpose of “the research and development, manufacture, distribution, sales, marketing and...more

Top 8 Pitfalls of Arbitration

After months of arguing over defective solar panels with his supplier, California X-Tra Green Solar, Ed Ezeeout finally calls his favorite attorney at Fixx, Itt & Quick. Dutifully gathering all emails, invoices and transport...more

"Class Action Waivers: Are They Enforceable?"

Class action waivers in arbitration agreements continue to occupy the attention of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and uncertainty in this area of law raises ongoing concerns for employers. In D.R. Horton, Inc.,...more

Uber, DirecTV and Beyond

Much of corporate America is determined to require consumers and employees to arbitrate disputes, including waiving their right to participate in class action lawsuits. ...more

"Challenging the Selection of Party-Appointed Arbitrators"

As arbitration continues to be widely utilized in international commerce, the issue of how arbitrators should handle conflict checks, and who is suitable for appointment as arbitrator in complex cases, will remain a vital...more

Arbitration Award Overturned Under The FAA Because The Panel Was Not Impartial

The New York Supreme Court vacated the award entered in an arbitration of television rights between Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (“MASN”), the Baltimore Orioles, the Commissioner of Baseball (“MLB”) and the Washington...more

To Be or Not to Be in Arbitration? That is the Question

Arbitration has become a very common and effective way to resolve construction disputes in lieu of traditional litigation, and it is easy to understand why: - The parties can select arbitrators with construction...more

Court Confirms Final Arbitration Award In Reinsurance Dispute

Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London petitioned the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to confirm an award issued by a three-member panel in an arbitration against Transport Insurance Company. The...more

Class Arbitration Waiver Clause Once Again Trumps State Law in SCOTUS DirecTV Ruling

On December 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in DirecTV, Inc. v. Imburgia that a class arbitration waiver clause in DirecTV's customer service contracts was enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act...more

Labor & Employment Advisory: Supreme Court Reiterates That the Federal Arbitration Act Preempts State Bans on Class Arbitration...

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued another opinion affirming the broad scope of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and its impact on state efforts to invalidate class action waivers in arbitration agreements. Although the...more

When it Comes to Arbitration Agreement Class Action Waivers, Concepcion is Still the Law, Even in California.

In 2014, we blogged about a California state appellate court decision invalidating the arbitration clause in DIRECTV’s consumer contracts. We found that California decision to be noteworthy because it seemed to fly in the...more

State Statute Of Limitations For Recognition Of Foreign Judgments Held Not Preempted By FAA

National Aluminum Co., Ltd. (“NALCO”) prevailed in arbitration held in India against Peak Chemical Corp. in 2005. Ultimately, the award was affirmed on appeal by an Indian court in February 2012. When earlier this year, NALCO...more

The Ten Most Significant Class Action Cases of 2015

Some years are exciting in class action practice; others are tamer. In general, in any established area of the law, precedent accumulates only incrementally. And, with the modern Rule 23 entering its 50th anniversary year, it...more

Avoiding ERISA Medical Treatment Class Actions with Arbitration Provisions?

Insurers are getting hit with more class actions regarding the denial of medical treatments, like behavioral therapy treatments for autism spectrum disorders. These can be expensive: In May 2015 ConAgra Foods Inc. and Blue...more

U.S. Supreme Court Applies Concepcion In Reversing Order Finding Class Arbitration Waiver Unconscionable Under California Law

On December 14, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court applied its landmark Concepcion decision and reversed a California appellate court’s ruling that an arbitration clause containing a class arbitration waiver was unenforceable under...more

DIRECTV v. Imburgia

Last week, in DIRECTV v. Imburgia, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision once again re-affirming the strong federal policy in favor of arbitration. At issue in this case was a service agreement entered into...more

Arbitration Wars: Supreme Court Continues To Affirm The Supremacy of the FAA

The United States Supreme Court recently reversed a decision by the California Court of Appeal wherein the state court refused to enforce a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement. The Supreme Court enforced the class...more

What the United States Supreme Court’s Decision in Direct TV v. Imburgia Means For Your Consumer Agreements and Arbitration...

Last week, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Direct TV v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___ (2015). This decision is important for manufacturers of consumer products because it fortifies the ability to incorporate...more

California Court Of Appeal Holds Gentry Is Still Good Law Where FAA Does Not Apply

A California appellate court recently held in Garrido v. Air Liquide Industrial U.S. L.P that the rule set forth in Gentry v. Superior Court, 42 Cal.4th 443 (2007) remains valid so long as the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”)...more

Supreme Court Reiterates The FAA’s Preemptive Authority

On December 14, 2015, the United States Supreme Court in DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___, No. 14-462, slip op. at 1 (Dec. 14, 2015), doubled down on its previous holdings that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”)...more

Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Arbitration Waivers

Employers seeking to avoid costly and often hostile juries have increasingly relied upon mandatory arbitration agreements with employees. Under these provisions, the parties agree to submit any disputes involving the...more

High Court Again Finds a California Court Failed to Place Arbitration Agreements on Equal Footing With Other Contracts

On December 14, 2015, in DirecTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a California State Court of Appeal decision that had invalidated an arbitration provision based on language from the agreement rendering the...more

3 Year-End Arbitration Lessons From Appellate Courts

Before I can sum up 2015 in arbitration (next post!), I need to report on some new cases coming out of the federal and state appellate courts in recent weeks. Two are just good reminders of basic arbitration law, but the...more

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