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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. 

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

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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

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

Court Must Rule On Motion To Compel Arbitration First

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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

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

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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

“Class Arbitration”: The Current Law

We recently began a series of articles in which we ask whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable,...more

Only in America: The Controversy Concerning Federal Jurisdiction Over Motions to Confirm, Vacate, or Modify Arbitral Awards

In most countries, it is uncontroversial that a court sitting at the situs of an arbitration has jurisdiction to adjudicate a petition to confirm or vacate or modify an award issued in that arbitration. In the United States...more

Powers of a District Court to Grant Interim Relief After Compelling Arbitration of All Claims Before It

Last month, we described the split among Federal Circuit Courts regarding the question of whether the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. § 3, mandates a stay rather than dismissal of a judicial proceeding after a...more

Kentucky Federal Court Orders Further Briefing On Whether The Federal Arbitration Act Or Kentucky Law Applies In Dispute Involving...

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The background of this case is as follows. State Insurance Commissioner Brian Maynard, acting as liquidator of the failed Kentucky Health Cooperative (“KYHC”), filed suit in Kentucky state court against CGI Technologies and...more

New Jersey Court Compels Arbitration, Declines To Appoint Substitute Arbitrator Despite “Exorbitant” Administrative Fee

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Terra Finance LLC brought an action to compel arbitration. Defendant Acrow Corporation moved to dismiss the action under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), arguing that the arbitration clause was unconscionable, and therefore...more

Do Arbitration Agreements Between Nursing Homes and Patients Violate Public Policy-- or Are They Enforceable Under the FAA?

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The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) provides for enforcement of arbitration agreements in a “contract evidencing a transaction involving commerce” in the district court. A nursing home sought to enforce arbitration agreements...more

SCOTUS Hearing Arbitration Case Wednesday; Spotlight On State Cases

While the Supreme Court has put off hearing a more contentious arbitration case until the fall (presumably in hopes that it will have nine justices by then), tomorrow it will hear the nursing home arbitration case from...more

First Circuit Affirms District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award Under The “Look-Through” Test

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The background of this matter could be found here. In sum, Plaintiffs Dr. Luis Ortiz-Espinosa and his wife Maritza Soto-Garcia, the conjugal partnership they formed, Espinosa-Soto, and Luis Ortiz-Espinosa, as trustee of...more

The Gorsuch Nomination: The Return of the Business Friendly Court?

Assuming Judge Gorsuch's confirmation, the Court will add a Justice with extensive commercial litigation experience, a particular expertise in antitrust and securities law, and a track record on the bench that demonstrates a...more

Nebraska Real Estate And Nebraska Borrowers, But Federal Arbitration Act Applies

In a fight over whether a single lending transaction involved interstate commerce, the Supreme Court of Nebraska found the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applied and preempted its state arbitration act. Wilczewski v. Charter...more

Third Circuit Reverses Order Denying Arbitration, Ruling That State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Of Insurance Matters Challenged...

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Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company appealed from the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in a dispute related to a reinsurance participation contract with South Jersey Sanitation Company. The trial...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Right to Jury Under Section 4 of Federal Arbitration Act

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Bass, Berry & Sims Chris Lazarini analyzed a case outlining when a party is entitled to have a jury decide issues related to the making or enforceability of an arbitration agreement. ...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration For Lack Of Federal Jurisdiction

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The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a plaintiff’s RICO claim, and thus found the district court lacked independent federal jurisdiction to compel arbitration of the dispute under the Federal Arbitration...more

Ninth Circuit Rules that Arbitration of USERRA Claims Permissible

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In Ziober v. BLB Resources, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18516 (9th Cir., Oct. 14, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined three other circuit courts in holding that the Uniformed Services...more

Second Circuit Upholds Refusal To Compel Arbitration Due To Unavailable Forum, Recognizing Split In Federal Circuits

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A borrower had previously entered into three payday loan agreements that contained arbitration provisions mandating that all claims be arbitrated in the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and under the Code of Procedure of the...more

Think Your Arbitration Award Is Final? Maybe “Look Through” It Again

The question of federal court jurisdiction over arbitration proceedings has historically led to different conclusions. A few years ago, the United States Supreme Court clarified in Vaden v. Discover Bank that Section 4 of...more

Texas Appeals Court Denies Petition For A Writ Of Mandamus That Trial Court Erred In Denying Motion To Vacate Arbitration Panel’s...

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A Texas appeals court denied a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Irving Drobny, on behalf of National Accident Insurance Group (“NAIG”) and National Accident Insurance Underwriters (“NAIU”) (collectively, “NAIU”),...more

Fifth Circuit Reaffirms the “Limited” and “Exceedingly Deferential” Review of Arbitration Decisions

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On August 4, 2016, the Fifth Circuit declined a pro se plaintiff’s invitation to reconsider the merits of his claim and instead confirmed the arbitration award against him under the Federal Arbitration Act’s standard of...more

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a...more

Fifth Circuit Confirms Award Under Federal Arbitration Act’s “Exceedingly Deferential” Standard

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently confirmed an arbitration award in an underlying employment dispute, finding that the appellant failed to demonstrate that the award was the product of...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Arbitration Provision Prohibiting Concerted Actions Violates the National Labor Relations Act and is...

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In Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP (hereinafter “Morris”), the Ninth Circuit held that an arbitration provision prohibiting the filing of concerted actions, signed as a condition of employment, violated the National Labor...more

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