Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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CFPB Moves to Ban Class Action Waivers But Will Not Ban Individual Arbitration

In a move that the financial industry long anticipated but nonetheless greeted with loud groans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) on October 7, 2015 proposed to ban class action waivers in contracts for...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015

Regulatory Developments - FINRA Files Proposed Rule Change to Apply Markup Rule to Government Securities: On Sept. 30 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposed rule change, published in the Federal Register on Oct. 6, to...more

Tennessee Supreme Court Holds That State Unconscionability Law Does Not Implicate Concepcion And Is Not Preempted By FAA

The Supreme Court of Tennessee reversed the lower courts’ rulings that a non-mutual arbitration provision in an installment contract on the sale of a manufactured home was unconscionable and unenforceable. In doing so,...more

CFPB to Consumer Financial Services Companies: Prepare to Wave Goodbye to Class Action Waivers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is considering proposing rules that would prohibit consumer financial services companies from using class action waivers in consumer arbitration clauses, the CFPB announced...more

Three Steps to Help Ensure the Enforceability of Your Website’s Terms of Use

Operators of social media platforms and other websites typically manage their risks by imposing terms of use or terms of service for the sites. As we previously wrote, websites must implement such terms properly to ensure...more

Ninth Circuit Steals a PAGe from California Courts’ Playbook

Since the California Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation that claims under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) are not subject to arbitration, California federal district courts have rejected...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Holds that Mandatory Arbitration Provisions Contained in Employee Handbooks are Unenforceable

New Jersey employers’ mandatory arbitration policies are likely to be found unenforceable when contained in an employee handbook, the New Jersey Appellate Division recently ruled. In C.M. v. Maiden Re Insurance Services, LLC,...more

Flaws and All, CFPB's Arbitration Study Sparks Vigorous Debate over Next Steps in Regulating Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

As expected, the reaction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) arbitration study report, released in March 2015, has been vociferous. All sides of this important debate are loudly proclaiming that their...more

California Legislature Acts to Outlaw Pre-Employment Mandatory Agreements to Arbitrate Labor Code Claims

In late August, the California Senate and Assembly passed AB 465, which, if signed by Governor Jerry Brown, will make pre-employment mandatory agreements to arbitrate Labor Code violations against California public policy...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

California Legislature Acts to Outlaw Pre-Employment Mandatory Agreements to Arbitrate Labor Code Claims - In late August, the California Senate and Assembly passed AB 465, which, if signed by Governor Jerry Brown, will...more

NLRB Says Arbitration Agreement Without Carve-Out for Unfair Labor Charges Violates Federal Labor Law

Last week’s EmployNews reported on efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to attack employer-prepared releases because they supposedly do not contain adequate assurances that their terms do not prevent...more

U.S. Courts Continue to Deny Class Plaintiffs’ Attempts to Bring Foreign Law Actions in U.S. Courts to Recover for Potential...

As we have mentioned previously, in the wake of Morrison v. National Australia Bank, securities plaintiffs are no longer able to assert claims under the U.S. securities laws to recover potential losses for transactions that...more

Employment Law - September 2015

From the California Legislature: New Employment Laws, Bills Set for Signature: Why it matters - The California Legislature has been busy with employment-related bills, passing measures to provide additional...more

Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements Passed by California Legislature

On August 27, 2015, the California Legislature passed AB 465, a bill that would make mandatory agreements to arbitrate employment disputes illegal in the state. Governor Jerry Brown has until October 11, 2015, to sign...more

Third Party Successfully Challenges Arbitral Award

Introduction - In France, a procedure exists whereby a third party (X) affected by a judgement between two other parties (Y,Z), may challenge that judgement by way of third party action (tierce opposition), where that...more

New Jersey Arbitration Agreement Declared Invalid Without Express Waiver of Employee’s “Right to a Trial”

Many employers have turned to mandatory employment arbitration agreements as a way to control the cost, duration, and publicity of employment litigation. New Jersey courts will enforce properly drafted agreements that require...more

Predominance Is Lacking Where Some Class Members Have No Injury, Says the Ohio Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide next Term, in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, whether a class can be certified when many class members lack injury (see my June 16 post for more on that). The Ohio Supreme Court...more

EEOC Suit Challenging Doherty Enterprises' Attempt to Bar Discrimination Charges Will Go Forward

Court Rejects Doherty's Argument That EEOC Cannot Proceed Without Discrimination Charge and Conciliation, Denies Motion to Dismiss - MIAMI - A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a claim for a pattern or...more

You Have Class!, says Judge to Uber Plaintiffs

A handful of Uber drivers sued the ride-share giant in 2013 alleging that they were functioning as company employees but improperly treated and underpaid as independent contractors. They claimed that Uber had been...more

Whoops - Legal Malpractice Prevention - Enforcing ADR Provisions in Fee Agreements

Attorneys and law practices have been experimenting with strategies to collect unpaid client fees while limiting the risk of malpractice claims. One approach involves the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)...more

A Summary of Comments From the DOL Hearing on the Proposed Conflict of Interest Rule

On August 13, 2015, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) concluded a four day public hearing on its proposed conflict of interest rule (the “Proposed Rule”). The approximately 75 witnesses generally fell into two groups: the...more

How Not To Write An Employment Agreement Arbitration Clause: Court Of Appeal Rejects One Sided Clause As Procedurally And...

In Carlson v. Home Team Pest Defense, Inc. (Ct. of Appeal A142219), published August 17, 2015, the Court of Appeal held that an employer’s arbitration clause which allowed only the employer to file lawsuits for certain...more

Can Arbitrators Rule On Their Own Jurisdiction? The Ninth Circuit Answers Yes

In Brennan v. Opus Bank (9th Cir. 13-35580), published August 11, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled on the issue of whether a court versus an arbitrator has jurisdiction over determining the enforceability of a mandatory...more

Petrobras Shareholders’ Brazilian-Law Claims Are Subject to Mandatory Arbitration Provision

The travails of Petrobras have generated a lot of attention – and litigation – in the past year. On July 30, 2015, District Judge Jed Rakoff, of the Southern District of New York, issued an opinion explaining his prior order...more

Federal Arbitration Case Update | Cox and the Courtroom

Following is an interesting and recent federal court ruling related to arbitration. Litigation Activity Results in Waiver of Right to Arbitrate - Healy v. Cox Communications - United States Court of Appeals, Tenth...more

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