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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Preventing Limitation of Liability End-Runs

Owners who are dissatisfied with their contractors’ performance increasingly assert fraud-based claims in addition to breach of contract claims because fraud-based claims are not typically barred by contractual waivers and...more

The Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Under the Privacy Shield: What Happens if I Join Privacy Shield and Someone Submits a Complaint?...

The first installment in our month-long series dissecting the new “Privacy Shield” framework for transferring data from the EU to the United States discussed the history and implementation of the Privacy Shield. The second,...more

Plaintiff Who Could Not Afford to Pay for Arbitration Was Allowed to Pursue Her Malpractice Action in Court

Tillman adv. Rheingold Firm, No. 13-56624, 2016 BL 190432 (9th Cir. June 15, 2016) - Brief Summary - A former client who had agreed to arbitrate disputes with her lawyers, but ultimately could not afford to pay the...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Rejects Pre-Award Challenge To Party-Appointed Arbitrator

In a recent reinsurance case, a Massachusetts federal court denied a pre-award petition of a cedent to remove the reinsurer’s party-appointed arbitrator, finding that the Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”) did not authorize...more

Three Blockbuster Summer Arbitration Decisions

While regular people count down the days to summer blockbusters that come in the form of high-paid actors fighting aliens or robots, I prefer my summer blockbusters in the form of arbitration opinions that have been months in...more

Court Grants Motion To Stay Action Pending Arbitration, And Found That Issue Of Whether Arbitration Clause Allows For Class...

In this case, Jeffrey Hedrick brought an action in Kansas federal court on behalf of himself and others similarly situated under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) against BNC National Bank, Hedrick’s employer. The bank...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Rejects Pre-Award Challenge Based On Arbitrator Qualifications

A Massachusetts federal court recently denied a pre-award petition to remove a party-appointed arbitrator finding that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) did not authorize the court to order arbitrator removal before a final...more

Seventh Circuit Voids Employee Promises to Not Pursue Wage and Hour Claims as Members of a Class or Collective Action

Many employers will be surprised to learn that, under some circumstances, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) may regulate their ability to enter into certain contractual agreements with employees. The decision of the...more

The Fifth Circuit Upholds Arbitration Award, Finding That Arbitrator Did Not Manifestly Disregard The Law And That The Award Did...

On May 23, 2016, the Fifth Circuit upheld an arbitrator’s approximate $1.45 million award in favor of McKool Smith P.C., a law firm who represented Curtis International Ltd., a Canadian electronics wholesaler, in patent...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waiver Unenforceable in Arbitration Agreements, Creates Split among Circuits

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently dealt a blow to employers when it held in Jacob Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation that arbitration agreements that prohibit employees from seeking class, collective or...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waivers Unlawful

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation, held that when an employer conditions continued employment upon the signing of a class or collective action waiver in an...more

Don’t Find Yourself SOL: Know Whether the Statute of Limitations Applies to Your Arbitration

Statutes of limitations provide peace of mind for many attorneys and clients, knowing previous conduct cannot lead to liability after a prescribed time period. But, do statutes of limitations apply to arbitration proceedings?...more

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

What You Need to Know about CFPB’s Proposal to Ban Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Financial Contracts

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) published in the Federal Register its 376-page proposed rule to limit the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in certain financial contracts. The proposal...more

Appellate Court Split Sets Stage for Supreme Court to Determine Use of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements

As previously reported in EmployNews, the National Labor Relations Board has issued numerous recent decisions finding that employers’ use of class and collective action waiver provisions in mandatory arbitration agreements...more

Court Considers Defenses Under Both New York Convention And The FAA In Confirming Domestic Arbitration Award Against Foreign Party

Immersion Corporation, a U.S. company, had previously entered into a settlement with Sony, a Japanese company, regarding the latter’s alleged patent infringement. Subsequently, a dispute arose surrounding whether Sony was...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Class Action Waivers are Unlawful and Unenforceable Creating a Circuit Split

On May 26, 2016, in the matter of Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an arbitration agreement, which required employees to submit to individual arbitration for any...more

Circuit Courts Weigh Employee Arbitration Waiver Agreements with Divergent Results

Conflicting decisions issued within one week of each other from the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits exemplify the ongoing debate in circuit courts across the country about the enforceability of...more

Appellate Courts Set the Supreme Court Stage for Waiver Showdown?

Many of our readers are no strangers to the ongoing legal battle over the enforcement of arbitration agreements containing class action waivers. While the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has steadfastly maintained its...more

Out On A Limb, 7th Circuit Creates Circuit Split Over Class Arbitration For Employees

Of all the federal circuit courts, I was not expecting the 7th Circuit to venture out on a limb to support the NLRB’s interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) as precluding class arbitration waivers. ...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Mandatory Arbitration With Class Waiver Violates NLRA, Setting up Circuit Split

On May 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a wage-and-hour class arbitration clause violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), setting up a circuit split with the Fifth Circuit, and opening...more

Circuit Split Develops Over The Enforceability Of Class Waivers In Employment Agreements

Affirming a district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held unenforceable a provision of an employment agreement mandating that wage-and-hour...more

Summer Tee Time: 7th Circuit Rules Class Arbitration Waivers are Unenforceable, Sets Stage for U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Issue

Employment agreements containing arbitration clauses that restrict the rights of employees to initiate class arbitration, and instead confine them to seeking individual relief, have become more popular in the last decade, and...more

Score One for the NLRB: Seventh Circuit Becomes First Federal Appeals Court to Hold that Class/Collective Action Waivers in...

The Seventh Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to say that employers can’t prevent class/collective actions through waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements, holding that such waivers interfere with...more

Supreme Court Review Likely After Seventh Circuit Creates Split on Class and Collective Action Waivers under NLRA

Setting the stage for U.S. Supreme Court review, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, has held that arbitration agreements that prohibit employees from bringing or participating in class or...more

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