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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. 

First Circuit Upholds Arbitrator’s Denial Of Arbitrability Of Reinsurance Agreement, Finding No Manifest Disregard Of The Law

by Carlton Fields on

Mountain Valley Property, Inc (MVP) entered into a three-year reinsurance participation agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Co. Inc. (AUCRA), which contained a mandatory arbitration clause as well as a...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Application of Inter-American Convention on International Commercial Arbitration

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case involving an international family dispute over the holdings in a brokerage account. In this instance, the primary owner of the account – a mother living in Columbia...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Plaintiff Entitled To Trial On Issue Of Whether An Arbitration Agreement Was Executed

by Carlton Fields on

Defendant provided the district court with copies of two contracts – a Reinsurance Participation Agreement and a Request to Bind – that were purportedly signed by Plaintiff’s CEO and contained arbitration clauses....more

Who Is Presumptively Authorized To Order Class Arbitration? Circuit Courts Weigh In

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent circuit court decisions have strategic implications for companies facing potential class arbitration claims. Key Points: - The Eighth and Ninth Circuits both found in separate cases that the authority to...more

What to Watch - Supreme Court to Consider Whether Agreements to Waive Employees' Class or Collective Action Rights are Enforceable

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In recent years, employers have increasingly been subject to class and collective actions lawsuits by employees alleging various employment law violations, including claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In response,...more

California Courts Continue to Void Forum Selection Clauses in Franchise Agreements Under a Questionable Mutual Assent Theory

by Mulcahy LLP on

The Ninth Circuit and California Court of Appeal generally continue to render forum selection clauses in franchise agreements unenforceable. This has been a hot topic among franchise litigators and on our blog....more

Procedural Provision Of FAA Inapplicable In California State Court Action When Arbitration Agreement Is Silent On Choice Of Law Or...

by Carlton Fields on

A California appellate court has upheld an order denying a motion to compel arbitration due to the possibility of conflicting rules, finding that, when a contract is silent on choice of law, California procedural rules, not...more

Fifth Circuit Continues To Approve Class Action Arbitration Waivers Over NLRB Objections

by Carlton Fields on

The opening case of the United States Supreme Court’s October 2017 term is a consolidation of three cases that present a Circuit conflict on the issue of whether the collective-bargaining provisions of the National Labor...more

Chancery Denies Motion To Vacate Arbitration Award

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent decision of Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc. v. REFAC Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 11513-VCS (Del. Ch. Aug. 24, 2017), Vice Chancellor Slights denied a motion to vacate an arbitration award. Noting that the “standard of...more

Second Circuit Upholds Arbitration Award Over Chargers Of Fraud And Perjury In The Arbitration Procedings

by Carlton Fields on

A former bond trader for Odeon Capital Group obtained an arbitration award against Odeon for $1,102,193.00 on a claim for unpaid wages. Odeon then brought a petition to vacate the award on the ground of fraud, contending...more

Court Of Chancery Reviews When To Vacate An Arbitration Award

by Morris James LLP on

Carl Zeiss Vision LLC v. Refac Holdings, Inc., C.A. 11513-VCS (August 24, 2017) - This is another decision explaining the narrow circumstances when the Court of Chancery will vacate an arbitration award. It is very hard to...more

Parties Litigating Arbitrability Should Consider Procedural Rules in the Federal Arbitration Act

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Lenders who move to compel arbitration should always consider the complex interplay between the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Arbitration Act. In Ryan D. Burch v. P.J. Cheese, Inc., 861 F.3d 1338 (2017),...more

Federal Government Does About-Face on Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the changes in approach that the current administration has taken to the legal system—a change often overshadowed by other headlines—is the current administration’s willingness to enforce arbitration clauses. While...more

Tenth Circuit Declines To Disturb Arbitral Award Granting Fees And Costs In Wrongful Death Suit Against Nursing Home

by Carlton Fields on

The Tenth Circuit recently upheld a district court’s confirmation of an arbitral award ordering a nursing home (“THI”) to pay fees and costs associated with the arbitration of a wrongful death claim. A personal representative...more

Convergys Corporation and LogistiCare Solutions, Incorporated v. NLRB – The Fifth Circuit Considers Class and Collective Action...

by BakerHostetler on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided two cases considering the impact of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) on class or collective action waivers required by companies for their applicants and...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - August 2017

by King & Spalding on

New York Appeals Court bars overseas enforcement of award - 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...more

Six Arbitration Trends In 2017 (6th Blogiversary Post)

This is my 290th post at ArbitrationNation and today I celebrate six years of blogging. Woo hoo — that’s longer than most celebrity marriages! In honor of the occasion, here are updates on six of the hottest issues in...more

Digging In Its Heels: Disputing The DOJ’s Position, The NLRB Remains Defiant In Supreme Court Brief That Individual Arbitration...

by BakerHostetler on

On August 9 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) filed its responsive brief in one of three cases before the Supreme Court that may determine the future validity of individual arbitration agreements in the...more

When Is a Civil Penalty Not a Civil Penalty?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Plaintiffs cannot circumvent arbitration agreements by characterizing claims for statutory damages as claims for civil penalties. The purported PAGA exemption from arbitration agreements applies only to...more

New York Appellate Court Sides Against The Second Circuit And Holds Class Action Waivers Violate The NLRA

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs, former insurance agents for defendants New York Life Insurance Company and its related companies, brought a putative class action seeking recovery for allegedly illegal wage deductions and violations of overtime...more

Esparza V. Ks Industries, L.P. – Separating PAGA & Unpaid Wage Claims – A Ray Of Sunshine?

by BakerHostetler on

We have been following how California courts deal with the intersection of Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) claims and individual arbitration agreements after Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, 59 Cal. 4th...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Arbitrators Have Venue-Setting Authority in International Arbitrations

by Alston & Bird on

In an international arbitration, when an arbitration provision is ambiguous about the seat of the arbitration, who resolves the question? The Eleventh Circuit held last week that interpretation of a venue provision is the...more

Second Circuit Vacates Arbitrator’s Class Certification; Finds Perjury Doesn’t Guarantee Vacatur

The “Summer of Arbitration” continues. In this edition, I focus on four big recent cases from the Second Circuit. One vacated an arbitrator’s certification of a class action. A second refused to vacate an award, despite an...more

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in October on Enforceability of Employment Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In January, we reported that the Supreme Court granted review of three conflicting Court of Appeal decisions to settle the question of whether an agreement requiring that employees resolve employment-related disputes through...more

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court Rules Otherwise, Waivers of Collective Actions Are Not Enforceable in New York

On July 18, 2017, the First Department partially reversed the Commercial Division’s decision in Gold v. New York Life Insurance Company, No. 653923/12, 2017 BL 247192 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t July 18, 2017), a case that presented...more

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