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Supreme Court Will Hear Class Action Waiver Cases

Last week, the Supreme Court consolidated and agreed to hear three appeals of Circuit Court decisions concerning whether class action waivers contained in employment arbitration agreements infringe on employees’ rights under...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Cases Attacking Arbitration Agreements With Class Action Waivers

On Friday, January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court agreed to consider arguments over whether employer arbitration policies that prohibit employees from filing class or collective actions are violative of the National Labor...more

When An Arbitration Clause Sounds Permissive But Is Not — Does “May” Really Mean “Must”?

Is an arbitration clause mandatory or permissive when it provides that either party to the contract may elect to submit a dispute to binding arbitration? What if the contract also provides that the right to arbitrate is not...more

Proposed New Jersey Law Takes Aim at Mandatory Arbitration

Assembly Bill A-3064, which the New Jersey Assembly passed on October 20, 2016, will come up for consideration in the Senate this year. If the Senate passes and the Governor signs A-3064, no company that wants to do business...more

NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has taken a firm stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban on "mandatory arbitration" clauses that make financial product consumers waive their right...more

Fifth Circuit Reaffirms Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements, But Their Fate Remains...

Employers commonly use arbitration agreements to minimize the expense and exposure of employment-related claims. By mandating arbitration of employment disputes, they hope to ensure that these matters are resolved in a...more

Party Cannot Appeal Decision That District Court Did Not Make Regarding Motion To Vacate Arbitration Award

The Sixth Circuit has declined to rule on a motion to vacate an arbitration award, which was brought at the same time as a successful motion to dismiss the action for forum non conveniens, when the district court had not...more

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design...

This past summer, we wrote about two instances in which courts refused to enforce website terms presented in browsewrap agreements. As we noted, clickthrough agreements are generally more likely to be found to be enforced. ...more

After Five Years In Court, West Virginia Finds Plaintiff Did Not Waive Right To Arbitrate

The highest state court in West Virginia just found that a credit card company did not waive its right to arbitrate, despite initially choosing a court forum and waiting almost five years to raise its right to arbitrate. ...more

Arbitration Clause Requiring Arbitrators to Render a Decision within 30 Days from Their Appointment? Superfast Decision?

Ever wonder about a superfast arbitration procedure in a contract that you have been given? An arbitration clause requiring an arbitration panel to issue a decision within 30 days of being selected for the panel was recently...more

Southern District Of Indiana Determines Parties’ Dispute Regarding Nonpayment Of Bond By Sureties Was Not Within The Scope Of...

In order to be arbitrable, a dispute must fall within the scope of the parties’ operative arbitration agreement. Here, a non-signatory to the relevant agreement was seeking to “invoke an arbitration provision that was not...more

Mandatory arbitration agreements in long-term care facilities: A thing of the past...or not?

Effective Nov. 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prohibit the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements by long-term care facilities. After the effective date of this rule, long-term care...more

The Empire Strikes Back – Nursing Homes Enjoin Government’s Rule Barring Arbitration Clauses in Agreements with Residents

The way to stop a runaway train is to push the brake. The way to stop a runaway horse is to pull the reins. The way to stop a runaway jury is to demand arbitration. This September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Takeaways from the Admiralty Law Institute-Maritime Law Association 50-Year Reunion

Last week, 425 admiralty and maritime lawyers, law professors, U.S. Coast Guard officers, law students, and maritime industry professionals descended on New Orleans for the Golden Rules: Tulane Admiralty Law Institute and...more

5 things to consider when deciding whether to include an arbitration clause in a real estate contract

Many types of contracts require the parties to submit their disputes to arbitration. For example, arbitration clauses are common in consumer agreements, such as car leases and gym memberships. While a consumer can negotiate...more

CFPB Grabs for SEC/CFTC Turf

In May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a ban on “mandatory arbitration” contract clauses that make financial products consumers waive their right to join class actions. Broker-dealers,...more

Another Benefit of Arbitrating Employment Disputes

One of my least favorite phrases in blogging is “repurposing content.” The verb “repurposing” hurts my ears. You can give something a purpose, but you’re not “purposing” it. And if “purposing” isn’t a verb, how did...more

Court Compels Arbitration To Determine The Arbitrability Of Reinsurance Dispute With Captive Insurance Company

In a suit by an auto body company against a captive insurance company for rescission of certain workers compensation reinsurance participation agreements, for disgorgement of $70,000 paid thereunder, and for fraud, breach of...more

For Its 2016-2017 Term, Supreme Court Takes A Cautious Approach, With Few Blockbuster Labor and Employment Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began its first full term since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the central advocate for the Court’s conservative bloc. Since Justice Scalia’s death this past February, the Court has...more

Should You Litigate In Court or Arbitrate the Dispute?

Faced with the rising costs of doing business in our increasingly litigious society, today's employers are looking at any way to manage fees and costs associated with resolving disputes over employment decisions. Some of the...more

Opt-Out Clauses May Help Some Employers Opt In To Individual Arbitration

Ironically, giving employees the right to decline to resolve their employment claims in binding arbitration may actually help employers enforce arbitration agreements in some parts of the country....more

CMS Issues Final Rule Addressing Improvements in Care, Safety and Consumer Protections for Nursing Home Residents

On September 28, 2016, CMS issued a final rule to improve the care and safety of nursing home residents in long-term care facilities. The new rules are intended to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections,...more

SB 1241—What Happens in California Stays in California (Sorry, Vegas)

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 25 (yes, a Sunday), Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1241. SB 1241, effective January 1, 2017, adds Section 925 to the Labor Code to restrain the ability of employers to require...more

California Protects Employees’ Rights to Have Their Claims Heard in the State, Under California Law

In recent years, some employers doing business in the Golden State have required their employees to sign arbitration and employment agreements that require the employee to sue or arbitrate in – or under the law of – another...more

Second Circuit Panel Adheres To Circuit Precedent And Affirms Enforceability Of Employment Class Action Waivers

The Second Circuit issued a summary order affirming a decision by the Southern District of New York compelling arbitration pursuant to class-action and collective-action waivers contained in an employment arbitration...more

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