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North Carolina Court of Appeals Declines to Enforce Arbitration Clause in Construction Contract

An arbitration clause in a contract can affect the method parties will use to resolve disputes, what remedies are available to them, and, most importantly, where they will arbitrate and what state's laws will apply. A recent...more

Fourth Circuit Considers Whether Arbitration Agreement Was Binding Where Parties Modified Contract Through Conduct

In early April, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether an arbitration agreement was “a written provision” for purposes of the Federal Arbitration Act where the parties modified the contract through their...more

Going on the Offensive: How Retail and Restaurant Employers Can Mitigate Risk by Implementing Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

Over the past several years, there has been a growing trend of retail and restaurant businesses requiring their employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. Why? When properly drafted, mandatory arbitration...more

“The ABC’S of ACB’S” – Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy Court

You’ve decided that your business will fare better if you put a mandatory arbitration clause into all of your contracts. You want to be fair to your counterparty, so you choose to arbitrate under the Federal Arbitration Act....more

Sign O’ The Times: SCOTUS Denies Cert In Franchise Arbitration Dispute

On Monday of this week, after stringing the parties along for five months, SCOTUS denied cert in a case involving the intersection between arbitration and franchise regulation. The petition was filed in November of 2015,...more

Proposed Legislation Would Set Back Corporations’ Use of Arbitration Clauses

The Restoring Statutory Rights Act of 2016, sponsored by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, was sent to congressional committee on February 4, 2016 for consideration. The bill would place restrictions on companies’ use...more

Arbitration Program Gets Straight AAA’s Despite Failing in JAMS

On March 1, 2016, the New Jersey Appellate Division upheld a decision to compel an employee to arbitrate her dispute with Raymours Furniture Inc. (“Raymours”) before the Arbitration Association of America (“AAA”) after JAMS...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Refusal To Compel Arbitration Due To Unavailable Forum

A borrower had previously entered into a pay day loan agreement in August of 2012, which contained an arbitration provision mandating that all claims be arbitrated in the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and under the Code...more

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too? Handbook Contract Disclaimers & Mandatory Arbitration Policies

A New Jersey court recently used the so-called contract “disclaimer” language in an employer’s handbook to preclude the employer from enforcing a mandatory arbitration program contained in that same handbook. The court’s...more

Second Circuit Finds Panel Did Not Commit A “Manifest Disregard Of The Law” And Denies Vacatur Of Arbitration Award

The appellee, Sutherland Global Services, a call center support service provider, invoked the arbitration clause contained in its Master Service Agreement with the appellant, Adam Technologies, after Adam reportedly failed to...more

SCOTUS Benchslaps Cali...Again

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California Court of Appeals decision invalidating class action arbitration waivers. DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, (No. 14-462 December 14, 2015)....more

New Year's Resolution for Employers: Review Employee Handbooks and Agreements

A Nov. 24, 2015, decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the Carolinas, about an arbitration provision included in an employee handbook serves as a warning to employers to...more

Deciding Who Decides Questions of Arbitrability: A Survey of American Law and a Comparative Perspective

Parties to commercial disputes frequently encounter and litigate the threshold issue whether their dispute is within the scope of an arbitration clause and must therefore be arbitrated rather than litigated in court. Even...more

California Court of Appeal holds certain class action waivers may be unenforceable

Class action waivers have become common in consumer contracts, including sales agreements to purchase newly constructed residences and employment agreements, which may also contain arbitration clauses. After last year’s...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2015

We are pleased to share with you the first issue of Manatt's Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup. The newsletter will be published on a monthly basis and will survey topics of critical importance to the retail,...more

Governor Brown Vetoes Controversial AB 465

On October 11, 2015, Governor Brown vetoed the controversial AB 465, legislation that attempted to make a sweeping prohibition of all mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of California employment. AB 465 required...more

The Supreme Court Preview, Part II: Tuning Up Arbitration Clauses

This is the second post in our series “The Supreme Court Preview,” - California state and federal courts have a rocky history with the U.S. Supreme Court, as the highest court in the land has repeatedly reversed the...more

Governor’s Pen Sends Anti-Employment Arbitration Bill to the Grave

On October 11—his very last day to sign or veto bills—Governor Brown vetoed the much-feared Assembly Bill 465. AB 465 would have banned mandatory agreements to arbitrate Labor Code claims as a condition of employment. At...more

The Beginning of the End of Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Finance Contracts?

Are contractual arbitration clauses harmful to consumers of financial products and services? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) appears to think so. On March 10, 2015, the CFPB released its 2015 Arbitration...more

CFPB Announces Intent to Commence Arbitration Rulemaking

On October 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is considering two rulemaking proposals that would severely limit the use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in consumer financial service...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Aim at Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last week announced its intent to launch a rulemaking process that would prohibit companies from using arbitration clauses that waive class action lawsuits. The CFPB's proposal...more

Struggle At The Supreme Court Over Arbitration Clauses

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to familiar territory last week in DirecTV Inc. v. Imburgia (argued Oct. 6, 2015): the enforceability of an arbitration clause in a consumer contract containing a class action waiver. But...more

California Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements

Employers can breathe a big sigh of relief for now: Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 465, which threatened to outlaw mandatory employment arbitration agreements in California. In his veto message, the Governor noted that there...more

Governor Brown Vetoes Blanket Ban on Arbitration Agreements, But Signals Potential Support of More Tailored Legislation

Governor Brown got it right when he vetoed Assembly Bill 465, which would have restricted the enforcement of arbitration agreements requiring the arbitration of claims brought against employers for violations under the...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review California Rule Invalidating Contractor Arbitration Agreements

On October 1, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a company whose mandatory arbitration agreements with its contractors were deemed invalid by California state courts. Once again, the Court will determine...more

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