Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Compel

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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Fenwick Employment Brief

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

Struggle At The Supreme Court Over Arbitration Clauses

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to familiar territory last week in DirecTV Inc. v. Imburgia (argued Oct. 6, 2015): the enforceability of an arbitration clause in a consumer contract containing a class action waiver. But...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review California Rule Invalidating Contractor Arbitration Agreements

On October 1, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a company whose mandatory arbitration agreements with its contractors were deemed invalid by California state courts. Once again, the Court will determine...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That State Decision Barring Waiver Of Representative Claims Does Not Conflict With Federal Arbitration Act

On June 25, 2012 and July 7, 2014, we reported on the issue of waiver of representative claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”). In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles, LLC, the...more

SCOTUS Selects Second Arbitration Case For 2015 Term

2015 was a dry spell in arbitration decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, but 2016 promises to be much more interesting. In addition to the California case being heard next week, SCOTUS just granted certiorari over another...more

Ninth Circuit Blesses Iskanian

On September 28, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision in the long-awaited case of Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc. (No. 13-55184, D.C. No. 3:12-cv-00436-GPC-KSC) (“Sakkab”). The Court...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Compares Giving Up Jury Trial To Giving Up Parental Rights; Refuses To Enforce Arbitration

Nursing home arbitration agreements are among the most unpopular arbitration agreements around.  Last week, Kentucky’s Supreme Court issued a lengthy, but fractured, opinion, finding three arbitration agreements were never...more

Action To Vacate Arbitral Award Dismissed For Lack Of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction

A disappointed claimant in a FINRA arbitration filed suit under section 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) in United States District Court to vacate the arbitral award. The court dismissed the case for lack of...more

Federal Law Must Govern Arbitrability Of Employment Dispute, Notwithstanding Choice Of State Law In Employment Agreement

The Ninth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement between Opus Bank and its former executive vice president Carey Brennan should be interpreted under federal, not state, law unless the parties unambiguously agreed...more

To (b)(1) or not to (b)(1): What to Call your Rule 12 Arbitration Motion

Let’s say your client gets sued in court, the parties have an arbitration agreement, and you want to compel arbitration right away and not mess around with any other court proceedings. You already know you can make a motion...more

TN COA: Arbitrators Decide Scope and Unconscionability

The Tennessee Court of Appeals at Jackson recently enforced a NY choice-of-law provision against an arbitration challenge, holding that courts determine contract-formation issues, while arbitrators decide the scope and...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Consumer Contract Arbitration Provision Under California’s Unconscionability Framework

In a dispute over the purchase of a car, the purchaser filed a class action in California against the car dealer, and the dealer moved to compel arbitration. The dealer invoked the arbitration agreement contained in the...more

Second Circuit Clarifies That A Stay, Not Dismissal, Is The Appropriate Federal Arbitration Act Remedy

When a party files a lawsuit in violation of a contractual obligation to arbitrate, the defendant often moves to "dismiss or stay" pending arbitration pursuant to Section 3 of the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA"), 9 U.S.C. §...more

Man Bites Dog: California Supreme Court unanimously rejects unconscionability challenge to consumer arbitration provision

The California Supreme Court has a reputation for hostility to arbitration, especially in the consumers and employment context. Much of the arbitration docket of the United States Supreme Court over the past 30 years has...more

A Four-Year Blogiversary – and an Infographic for Compelling Arbitration!

The primary purpose of this blog is to educate lawyers and clients about arbitration law. So, what better way to celebrate my fourth blogiversary than with an awesome new infographic about compelling arbitration! Making...more

The California Supreme Court Holds Consumer Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Provisions Are Enforceable Under Federal Law

On August 3, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited arbitration decision in Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co., LLC, No. B228027. The Court held that the arbitration provision found in a standard form auto...more

California Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Company, LLC

On August 3, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued a long-awaited opinion that provides further clarity on the standard of unconscionability needed to invalidate an arbitration agreement. The court determined that its...more

To Stay or Not to Stay, That Is the Question Answered by the Second Circuit

Weighing in on an issue that has divided the federal courts of appeals, the Second Circuit has held that under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), a court that grants a motion to compel arbitration of all claims must stay the...more

Second Circuit Clarifies That Arbitrable Claims Should Be Stayed, Not Dismissed

Parties who ask a court to compel arbitration of all the plaintiff’s claims have a decision to make: should they ask the court to stay the claims or dismiss them (if it finds them arbitrable)? After noting that the federal...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Characterization Of Motions “For Reconsideration,” Remands To Determine Whether Dispute Is Arbitrable

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently remanded a case to the district court for full consideration of a request to compel arbitration, finding the lower court’s order “inconsistent with the emphatic federal...more

Motion To Compel Arbitration Granted In Hurricane Sandy Row

A New York district court granted Hudson Specialty Insurance Company’s (“Hudson”) petition to compel arbitration against New Jersey Transit Corporation (“N.J. Transit”) after determining that the parties had agreed to...more

A Motion To Compel Arbitration “Answers” A Complaint

I field a lot of good procedural questions about how arbitration pleadings should be styled. Some of them are answered within the text of the FAA, but many of them leave clerks of court and practitioners scratching their...more

Right To Compel Arbitration Agreement Not Waived If Plaintiff Suffered No Prejudice From Delay

In a post last week, we noted a recent trend of federal courts strongly enforcing employment arbitration agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”)....more

Third Circuit Clarifies Standards For Deciding Motions To Compel Arbitration

On May 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit resolved an inconsistency in the circuit regarding the standard a court should apply when deciding a motion to compel arbitration. Guidotti v. Legal Helpers Debt...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Standards for Arbitration Motions

Resolving an issue "of utmost importance" that has divided the district courts, the Third Circuit yesterday clarified the legal standards that district courts should apply in deciding a motion to compel arbitration....more

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