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The Construction Advantage – Issue 3

Reaffirming the Iron Hand of an Arbitration Agreement - Does the fact that the named arbitration company has gone out of business make an arbitration clause unenforceable? Given the legislative bias toward arbitration,...more

Treaty Tips: The Service Of Suit Provision

One common provision in reinsurance agreements is a Service of Suit provision, which typically provides that the parties consent to the jurisdiction of “any court of competent jurisdiction.” The breadth of the traditional...more

Arbitration Clauses Survive Their Contracts 99% Of The Time

The Sixth Circuit recently answered a question I get asked regularly: does an arbitration clause survive the termination of the contract containing it? I usually say yes, and thankfully the Sixth Circuit backed me up....more

Is It Time To Include Mandatory Arbitration Clauses In All Reinsurance Policies? Mandatory Clauses Could Avoid Unnecessary Future...

Recent reports on the continued easing of collateral requirements for non-US reinsurers that operate in the US, raise the question: with the anticipated, increased presence of non-US reinsurers state-side, will more...more

Fifth Circuit Delivers Crippling Blow to Controversial NLRB Class Action Waiver Theory

Arbitration is generally supposed to be faster, cheaper, and more predictable than litigation. Homebuilder D.R. Horton, like many other employers, certainly believed this when, in 2006, it began requiring employees to sign...more

Tenth Circuit Holds FAA Preempts New Mexico Law On Unenforceability Of Unconscionable Arbitration Provisions

On January 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts New Mexico common law that a compulsory-arbitration provision in a contract may be unconscionable and...more

D.R. Horton on Steroids: NLRB Invalidates Arbitration Agreement Without Class Waiver

As reported previously here, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) in D.R. Horton, Inc., 357 NLRB No. 184 (2012), held that requiring employees to enter into an arbitration agreement containing a...more

D.R. Horton Still Alive: NLRB Judge Says Employer’s Intent to Compel Employees to Waive Class Claims Renders Arbitration Clause...

Although the Circuit Courts of Appeals that have addressed the issue currently stand united in the view that class arbitration waivers in individual employment contracts do not violate the National Labor Relations Act...more

NLRB Standing (read “Expanding”) Ground on D.R. Horton

In the controversial 2012 decision D.R. Horton, Inc., the NLRB held that mandatory arbitration agreements requiring all employment disputes to be resolved through individual (as opposed to class) arbitration violate NLRA §...more

Incorporating Arbitration Agreements By Reference: The Key Is Reasonable Notice

In recent months, three federal circuit courts have confronted this question: can a defendant compel arbitration even in the absence of a signed written agreement containing an arbitration clause? The answers were yes, no,...more

D.R. Horton and the Arbitration Hotchpotch: Emerging “Rules” and the Future of Compelled Arbitration in California

Last December, the Fifth Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, holding that employers may require employees to sign arbitration agreements categorically waiving the right to pursue employment...more

Which Arbitration Agreement Clauses Will Texas Courts Find Unconscionable?

In recent years, courts have consistently supported employers’ use of arbitration agreements in employment settings. During the last few terms, the Supreme Court of the United States has issued several decisions, such as...more

The Easiest Arbitration Agreement To Avoid May Be The One Between Attorney And Client

The First and Ninth Circuits recently issued opinions concerning the validity of state laws requiring “informed consent” to, or “full disclosure” of, arbitration clauses in attorney retainer agreements. Although the First...more

Fifth Circuit Overrules NLRB On D.R. Horton Mandatory Arbitration Case

As we previously reported, in D.R. Horton, the NLRB held that a mandatory arbitration agreement that waives employees’ rights to participate in class or collective actions is unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act...more

Fifth Circuit Reverses NLRB Position on Use of Class and Collective Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a decision of the National Labor Relations Board that declared class and collective action waivers in mandatory employment arbitration agreements to violate federal...more

Enforcing Your Arbitration Agreement: Why, How, And Whether

In This Issue: - What Law Applies to Arbitration Clauses? - What Do You Have to Prove? - How Have Courts Treated Motions to Compel Arbitration? - Do You Want to Enforce Your Arbitration? - What Should...more

The CA Supreme Court Issues a Confusing Opinion on the Question of Whether Employees can be forced to Arbitrate Unpaid Wage Claims...

We have written regularly regarding the enforceability of arbitration clauses contained in standard employment agreements. Understandably, most employers would love to avoid the uncertainty of appearing before a judge or jury...more

Mandatory arbitration costs are properly assessed to law firm

In Roldan v. Callahan & Blaine, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided a unique case illustrating California’s public policy of ensuring a litigant’s access to the justice system. The case...more

Texas Appellate Courts Continue to Enforce Arbitration Clauses in Favor of Nonsubscribers

Regardless of whether you have a favorable opinion of arbitration, one thing is clear: Texas appellate courts continue to enforce arbitration clauses and agreements. In at least two opinions this year, the First District...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013: Connecticut Federal Court Compels Arbitration In Fronting Dispute

Trenwick Am. Reinsurance Corp. v. Unionamerica Ins. Co.. No. 3:13cv94 (JBA), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97518 (D. Conn. Jul. 12, 2013). A Connecticut federal court compelled arbitration against a reinsurer and denied the...more

The Next Frontier Of Arbitration Litigation: Lessons From State Courts

After reading more than 40 decisions about arbitration from state high courts, issued just in the past eight months, I have two bits of wisdom to share....more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Decision to Enforce Arbitration Provision in Retiree Benefit Dispute

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s decision to grant defendant-appellee TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc.’s (TRW) motion to compel arbitration, finding that TRW retirees were...more

California Supreme Court Delays Decision in Key Arbitration Case

On June 21, the California Supreme Court vacated the submission on Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno and ordered that the parties file supplemental briefs to address the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in American...more

Recipe For The Best Arbitration Agreement Ever (Post #100)

As a thank you to all the subscribers and readers who continue fueling Arbitration Nation’s success, this 100th blog post contains my recipe for the Best Arbitration Agreement Ever. (I know, where did the time go?? The blog...more

Administering Arbitration Clauses in Online Terms of Service Agreements

Morrison & Foerster’s Sherman Kahn Interviews American Arbitration Association Vice President, Sandra Partridge. Many companies are providing for arbitration of disputes in their terms of service agreements governing...more

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