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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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U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Decide Whether Wrongful Death Suits are Subject to Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court was recently asked to determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a state law rule that prohibits enforcement of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in certain wrongful death...more

California Supreme Court Allows Arbitration Agreements With Class Waivers

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the California Supreme Court held in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles, LLC that a state’s refusal to enforce an arbitration agreement that waives the right to class proceedings on public...more

California Supreme Court Authorizes Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

On June 23, 2014, the California Supreme Court held that employees may expressly waive their ability to bring class actions when agreeing to arbitrate disputes with their employer. In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Class Waivers In Employee Arbitration Agreements, But Not Waivers Of Representative Claims Under...

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court, in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC (Case No. S204032), upheld a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement between an employee and his employer. The Supreme Court...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Broad Reading of Arbitration Ban in Dodd-Frank

In a variation on a familiar refrain, the Fourth Circuit recently upheld the enforceability of another arbitration provision under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) in Santoro v. Accenture Federal Services, LLC. This time,...more

Another California Court Does Backflips To Thwart Arbitration And Elevate The Class-Action Device

The hostility of some California courts to arbitration—and their resistance to preemption under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)—has produced nearly three decades of U.S. Supreme Court reversals. The most recent is AT&T...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects State Law Challenge to FAA Primacy

In the aftermath of AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, consumer lawyers have frequently argued that arbitration agreements should be invalidated if features other than the...more

Fifth Circuit Permits Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed a victory to employers in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, 12-60031, 2013 W.L. 6231617 (5th Cir. Dec. 3, 2013), reversing an Order of the National Labor...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision another Victory For Employers Seeking to Avoid Class Actions

Just last week Mintz Levin presented a webinar on how employers can use arbitration agreements as a tool to avoid exposure to wage and hour and other class actions. The thesis of the webinar was that recent Supreme Court and...more

The California Supreme Court Curtails Concepcion’s Protection of Arbitration Agreements

In AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the United States Supreme Court analyzed whether a court could refuse to enforce an arbitration agreement because the terms are “unconscionable,” meaning that one party did not have meaningful...more

Clean-Up in Aisle 9: Ninth Circuit Finds Ralphs Grocery Company’s Arbitration Policy Unconscionable Under State Law Not Preempted...

As we have reported on several occasions, a string of United States Supreme Court cases over the past few years has strengthened the use and applicability of arbitration provisions in contracts. For example, in AT&T Mobility...more

Did You Know…The Continuing Saga Of Arbitration Agreements & Unconscionability

In light of the United States Supreme Court decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the California Supreme Court recently reversed its own prior decision where it had held that an arbitration agreement that requires an...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Application Of Supreme Court Arbitration Holdings On State Law

On October 17, the Supreme Court of California held that, while the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a California state-law rule categorically prohibiting waiver of state pre-arbitration protections in arbitration...more

Arbitration Wars: The California Supreme Court Strikes Back In Sonic II

On October 17, 2013, the California Supreme Court revisited the enforceability of arbitration agreements in California. The Court released its decision Sonic-Calabasas Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II). In that 5 – 2 ruling, the...more

California Confirms Preemption by FAA Over State Rule Barring Employee Waiver - Mostly

In Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II), the California Supreme Court addressed an employee’s waiver of access to an administrative hearing, in this case a Berman hearing, in an arbitration agreement imposed as a...more

Round 2: Arbitration Agreements v. California Supreme Court

Why it matters: Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (“Sonic II”) presents a mixed bag for employers. While the California Supreme Court reversed itself, acknowledging that the waiver of a Berman hearing is not per se...more

Recent Decisions Enforcing Arbitration Provisions

For banking executives and in-house counsel, arbitration can be a preferable alternative to litigation to avoid costly trials and home-town advantages. In this article, we highlight four recent court decisions that affect the...more

The Contract Is King: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Two Recent FAA Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court addressed contract terms bearing on the availability of class arbitration in two opinions this term. The first, Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, confirms a district court’s limited power under the...more

Labor Letter, September 2013: Employers Go "Two For Two" – Three Times Over: A Review Of The 2012-13 Supreme Court Term

Looking back at the recently-completed 2012-2013 Supreme Court term, employers should have reason to feel good about how things turned out. In fact, of the six major decisions that impact employers and can be categorized in...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013

RECENT CASE SUMMARIES - GOOD NEWS FOR ARBITRATORS FROM THE SUPREME COURT? Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, 133 S. Ct. 2064 (2013). In a non-reinsurance case, the United States Supreme Court recently...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Class Action Waiver in Arbitration Agreement Is Enforceable

On August 21, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the fifth circuit court to hold that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable in the context of wage and hour class action...more

Against the Tide: The Role of “Commerce” in the Applicability of the FAA

Over the past few years, the buzz in the arbitration world has been the Supreme Court’s expansive view of the preemptive reach of section 2 of the Federal Arbitration Act. Most recently, as anyone who follows trends in this...more

International Employment Law Review: August 2013 - Issue 4: Recent Employment Law Developments in the United States

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions - Court Limits Definition of “Supervisor” Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Law - In Vance v. Ball State University (June 24, 2013), in a 5-4 decision, a majority of the Supreme...more

Employers Should Reassess Strategy in Light of New Rulings from the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued two landmark rulings affecting the viability of arbitration as an alternative to costly litigation....more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Enforces Class Action Arbitration Waiver

Eight days prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 133 S.Ct. 2304 (2013) (“AMEX”) (which we blogged here), the Massachusetts Judicial Court held that the Federal Arbitration...more

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