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Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

No Signature? No Problem! Enforcing Arbitration Even Without Everyone Signing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California courts are often hostile towards defendants that seek to require litigious employees to honor their arbitration agreements. The defendant’s plight might seem more stark still if the defendant has...more

What In-House Counsel Need To Know About Their Form Arbitration Clauses – Ten Foundation Questions

Most arbitrations, and all commercial arbitrations, are creations of contract, and courts are generally required to enforce an arbitration agreement as they would any other contract. Therefore, the terms of the arbitration...more

DOJ Backs Class Action Waivers

by LeClairRyan on

The United States Department of Justice (DOL) has made an about face and now takes the position that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable. The change in position from the Trump Administration’s DOJ...more

Class Action Waiver Cases Moved to the Top of Supreme Court's October Term

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that on the first day of its upcoming October term it would hear oral argument on three consolidated cases addressing whether employers' arbitration agreements that require employees...more

Hawaiian Punch: State Supreme Court Stands Up to SCOTUS on Arbitration

In January of 2016, SCOTUS granted review of an arbitration case from Hawaii, but summarily vacated and remanded it without analysis. (Unless you consider “Please read DIRECTV” substantive analysis.) Here’s the risk of that...more

Construction Contracts And Arbitration Provisions: Is The Word “May” Mandatory? Maybe!

by Burr & Forman on

You don’t always say what you mean. And you don’t always mean what you say. In construction contracts, parties attempt to use plain and ordinary words to describe their respective obligations....more

Has the Era of the Consumer Class Action Waiver Passed?

Financial Institutions may need to revise consumer contracts to remove class action waivers in preparation for a March 2018 federal rule. On July 19, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal regulator for...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

New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act Also Isn’t Waivable

Recently issued final rules impose additional restrictions including prohibitions on requiring independent contractors to waive certain rights. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act is a recent New York City law that went into...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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Republican Jay McMahon Announces Bid for Massachusetts Attorney General- Republican Jay McMahon, an attorney in private practice, announced his candidacy to become Massachusetts AG. McMahon is the first candidate to...more

Will the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Survive?

As previously reported, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its new rule prohibiting the use of mandatory arbitration clauses that foreclose group lawsuits. But will the rule survive?...more

Highlights From DRI Class Action Seminar 2017 – Day Two

Here are my highlights from the second day of DRI’s 2017 Class Action Seminar: Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements (Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells) - Neal Katyal is a leading Supreme Court advocate and is litigating...more

The Future of Class Action Waivers in Financial Services Arbitration Clauses Remains Unclear

In a Legal Alert posted earlier this month, Kilpatrick Townsend’s Financial Institutions Team highlighted the key provisions of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Arbitration Agreements Final Rule, 82 Fed. Reg. 33210...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

New York State Appellate Court Finds Arbitration Agreement Requiring Employees to Bring Claims Individually Violates The National...

by Littler on

On July 18, 2017, in Gold v. New York Life Ins. Co., New York’s Appellate Division, First Department issued a decision that directly contradicted the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Sutherland...more

Appellate Court Nixes Employee Arbitration Agreements

by FordHarrison on

By Decision dated July 19, 2017 (the “Decision”), the Appellate Division, First Department (the “First Department”) (which has jurisdiction over Manhattan and Bronx) held that arbitration agreements obligating employees to...more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...more

New CFPB Arbitration Rule Already Under Attack

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new rule that would make it easier for consumers to bring class action lawsuits against financial institutions. The new rule bans financial...more

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

Blog: You Want Mandatory Arbitration In Your Charter? Hey, Just Ask!

by Cooley LLP on

This is the opening paragraph from Tuesday’s column by Alison Frankel, one of my favorite legal columnists/bloggers: “This could be the start of something huge: Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar said in...more

Murphy Oil Case Scheduled For Oral Argument

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In January, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No....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

CFPB Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements for Covered Consumer Financial Products and...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Register published today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) final rule that was announced last week and would prohibit providers of covered consumer financial products and services from using...more

Revisiting the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Consumer Financial Contracts

by BakerHostetler on

On July 19, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published the final Arbitration Agreements Rule (the rule) that would impact the way claims involving consumer financial products and services are handled in...more

SEC Commissioner Supports Mandatory Shareholder Arbitration

Reuters is reporting that SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar urged IPO companies to request relief from the SEC to include mandatory arbitration provisions for shareholder disputes. Commissioner Piwowar apparently made the...more

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