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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. 

New York Appeals Court Rejects Enforceability Of Class Action Waivers – But Is This Ruling Short-Lived?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In an issue of first impression in the state of New York, last week the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (the state’s intermediate appellate court) weighed in on the enforceability of arbitration provisions that...more

Landing a New Gig: Lessons for the “On Demand” Economy

In the past few years, the American workforce has shifted dramatically. By some estimates, as many as 53 million Americans are now self-employed. Many of them work in the “gig” or “on demand” economy, which has emerged as the...more

New York Appellate Court Strikes Down Class Action Waivers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As our loyal readers are well aware, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in its Fall 2017 term regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers. This has...more

Court Declines to Order Arbitration of Bad Faith Case, Applying California Over Federal Law

In Los Angeles Unified Sch. Dist. v. Safety National Casualty Corp. (No. B275597, filed 7/12/17), (“LA Unified”), a California appeals court held that a California state court has the discretion under state law to refuse...more

CFPB Rule Bars the Use of Mandatory Arbitration Clauses to Prohibit Class Actions; Some Members of Congress Vow to Take Action to...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) adopted a final rule prohibiting a broad range of financial firms from using mandatory arbitration clauses to bar class action suits and received wide press coverage....more

Court Finds California Insurance Code Section 11658.5 Reverse-Preempts Section 4 Of The FAA

by Carlton Fields on

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA provided Seneca Family of Agencies with workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance for Seneca’s operations in California from 2004 to 2013. The parties...more

Tennessee Business Court Requires Arbitration of Franchise Agreement Disputes Notwithstanding Provision for Application of...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Tennessee Business Court, in For Senior Help, LLC v. Medex Patient Transport, LLC, Case No. 16-0553-BC, decided January 5, 2017, stayed litigation and compelled arbitration of the disputes arising under the parties’...more

Recent $455 Million Payment Reaffirms Certainty of International Arbitral Awards

One of the most often overlooked features of arbitration in the context of international commercial disputes is the certainty provided by a final award. Recently, Dow Agrosciences paid Bayer Cropscience more than $455 million...more

CFPB Issues Game-Changing Rule On Arbitration Clauses

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Monday, July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a game-changing final rule regarding the use of arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. The Rule is effective 60 days following its...more

The Spectre That Haunts Motions to Compel Arbitration: Venue

When a claimant who is party to an arbitration agreement initiates litigation of arbitrable claims, the defendant in that case typically expects to be able to move successfully to compel arbitration under the Federal...more

Financial Services Law—CFPB Bans Most Consumer Arbitrations

On July 10, 2017, and to no one’s surprise, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a final rule that prevents banks and other covered providers of specified consumer financial products from incorporating or...more

The Next Chapter in Judicial Treatment of Annulled Awards: New York Court Enjoins Overseas Enforcement of Award

by King & Spalding on

Introduction - On June 29, 2017, a New York state appellate court unanimously upheld an extraordinary lower court order in a decision that may have significant implications for the cross-border enforcement and recognition...more

Court Must Rule On Motion To Compel Arbitration First

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff sued his former employer in a putative class action alleging that a payroll practice violated Pennsylvania law. The defendant filed a motion to compel arbitration and a separate motion to dismiss. The district court...more

Article: June 2017: International Arbitration Update

Focus on Damages: Arbitral Discretion to Determine Amount of Damages Requires Aggressive Strategy on Both Sides. International arbitration, in both the commercial and investment treaty contexts, has proven an effective forum...more

Marshal Service for Arbitration Awards, Relic or Requirement?

So you’ve got an arbitration award, what next? In other types of civil cases, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Rules) control service, and they have greatly reduced the role of U.S. Marshals in serving parties. See Fed....more

California anti-arbitration law nears passage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

California’s legislative effort to allow consumers to sue financial institutions for fraud even though they have agreed to arbitrate such disputes passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this week and is expected to pass the...more

Employment Flash - June 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including the House of Representatives' American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, the...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 62 - Arbitration Clauses in IC Agreements: The Winds Are Shifting

by Benesch on

Recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a case of first impression (Oliveira v. Prime) further demonstrated the importance of choice of law provisions in Independent Contractor Service Agreements (“ICSAs”) as they...more

First Circuit Finds FAA Applicability A Question For Court And Holds FAA Exemption Applicable To Independent-Contractor...

by Carlton Fields on

The case presented two issues to the court: 1) whether a court must determine the applicability of the FAA to the case when asked to compel arbitration, where parties delegated questions of arbitrability to the arbitrator;...more

New Administration Dismantles More Of Obama Arbitration Regulations

It was only a few weeks ago that this blog covered the reversal of the CMS regulation on arbitration in nursing homes. Now, the Trump Administration has altered course on two other issues of arbitration policy....more

Class Action Waiver Update: Will a Switch in Time Persuade Nine?

It was no surprise when, on June 16, 2017, numerous business and employer groups (including several represented by Ogletree Deakins) filed over a dozen amicus briefs supporting the employers in the three class action waiver...more

Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards in the U.S. – Could a Court Abstain Due To “Inconvenience”?

Forum non conveniens is one of several judicial abstention doctrines, applied from time to time by U.S. courts, that permit a court to dismiss (without prejudice) a plenary action in its discretion. In a forum non conveniens...more

First Circuit Finds FAA Applicability A Question For Court And Holds FAA Exemption Applicable To Independent-Contractor...

by Carlton Fields on

The case presented two issues to the court: 1) whether a court must determine the applicability of the FAA to the case when asked to compel arbitration, where parties delegated questions of arbitrability to the arbitrator;...more

DOJ Changes Position in a Class Waiver Case Pending Before the Supreme Court

by BakerHostetler on

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in a rare move, changed its position in a class waiver case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. On Jan. 13, 2017, the Court granted certiorari in three consolidated cases...more

The Sixth Circuit Holds That Class Action Arbitration Waivers Are Prohibited Under The National Labor Relations Act

by Carlton Fields on

The Sixth Circuit enforced a National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) order finding that Alternative Entertainment Inc., a Michigan-based satellite television retailer, violated the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) by...more

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