Motion to Compel Arbitration

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Court Upholds Class Waiver Arbitration Clause, Finding An Unaware Party Can Still Manifest Assent To Be Bound

A federal court in Oregon granted a motion to compel arbitration based on a class waiver and arbitration provision in a credit agreement. The primary question of fact was whether the plaintiff had been read or had received...more

Middle District of Florida Holds Arbitrability of TCPA Claims Question for Arbitrator

Harrington v. Regions Bank, No. 2:15-cv-522-Ftm-29MRM (M.D. Fla. Jan. 29, 2016) - Before the Court was Defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Proceedings. Plaintiffs opposed the Motion, contending that their...more

Georgia Appellate Court Holds Malpractice Coverage Suit Must Be Arbitrated

The Court of Appeals of Georgia recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling compelling arbitration in a malpractice coverage dispute. McLarens Young International Inc. (McLarens) and American Safety Casualty Insurance Company...more

New York District Court Holds TCPA Claim Within Scope of Arbitration Provision

Plaintiff brought suit against a credit card company, alleging the company violated the TCPA by autodialing her cell phone without consent. The calls at issue were made in conjunction with a “big box” electronic store card,...more

Court Denies Reconsideration Of Order Staying Action To Compel Arbitration

A federal district court refused to reconsider its order staying Allstate’s action to compel arbitration against its insured, A.O. Smith. The case involved a Settlement/Coverage-in Place Agreement between A.O. Smith and...more

Court Denies Party’s Motion To Compel Arbitration And Stay Court Proceedings Due To Party’s Waiver Of Arbitration Rights By...

A Colorado federal court denied a party’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that the party had previously waived its right to arbitrate the dispute by defaulting and failing to pay its share of arbitration fees in an...more

Court Grants Motion To Compel Arbitration, Finding That Issue Of Consolidation Is Question For Arbitrator, Not Court

An Illinois federal court recently granted an insurer’s motion to compel arbitration of a dispute with its insureds and denied the insureds’ motion to dismiss and transfer venue. This dispute arose under four written...more

Handbook Is No Arb. Agreement

In Lorenzo v. Prime Communications, L.P., No. 14-1727 (4th Cir. Nov. 24, 2015), Lorenzo sued her former employer, Prime Communications, L.P. (“Prime”), for minimum wage and overtime violations. Prime tried to compel...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

Witnesses in Arbitration – California Arbitration Act (Part I)

Testimony and documents may be obtained in arbitration in accordance with the parties’ agreement, the applicable institutional arbitration rules and provisions of law (federal and state arbitration acts, as applicable). This...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

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

Don’t Throw the Class Waiver Baby Out with the Arbitration Agreement Bathwater

Sound advice that the world has lived with since 1512…until recently flushed by the Ninth Circuit. Not so quick to discard 500 years of wisdom, however, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether this idiom will rest in...more

Second Circuit Affirms District Court Decision To Compel Arbitration In Patent Infringement Battle Between LG And WI-LAN

A Second Circuit 3-judge panel affirmed a district court decision denying a request for declaratory and injunctive relief while subsequently compelling arbitration in a licensing infringement suit. On appeal, LG Electronics,...more

SCOTUS Selects Second Arbitration Case For 2015 Term

2015 was a dry spell in arbitration decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, but 2016 promises to be much more interesting. In addition to the California case being heard next week, SCOTUS just granted certiorari over another...more

Oregon Federal Court Finds Arbitration Agreement In CGL Policy Invalid

Plaintiff, Technical Security Integration, Inc., a Washington company, sold certain security and surveillance equipment and services. It hired Corey Tharp as a sales associate in Oregon, to tap his connections to that state’s...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Compares Giving Up Jury Trial To Giving Up Parental Rights; Refuses To Enforce Arbitration

Nursing home arbitration agreements are among the most unpopular arbitration agreements around.  Last week, Kentucky’s Supreme Court issued a lengthy, but fractured, opinion, finding three arbitration agreements were never...more

Federal District Court Articulates Criteria for Effective Presentation of Electronic Contracts

In Berkson v. Gogo LLC, 2015 WL 1600755 (E.D. NY 2015), the Eastern District of New York denied a motion to dismiss and compel arbitration filed by an in-flight wifi provider. The provider was accused in a class action suit...more

Action To Vacate Arbitral Award Dismissed For Lack Of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction

A disappointed claimant in a FINRA arbitration filed suit under section 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) in United States District Court to vacate the arbitral award. The court dismissed the case for lack of...more

NJ Appellate Division Reiterates Requirement That Arbitration Agreements Must Be Clear and Unambiguous To Be Enforceable

In two unrelated yet similar cases, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division reiterated the requirements that arbitration provisions in employment agreements must be unambiguous, written in clear language, and...more

Federal Law Must Govern Arbitrability Of Employment Dispute, Notwithstanding Choice Of State Law In Employment Agreement

The Ninth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement between Opus Bank and its former executive vice president Carey Brennan should be interpreted under federal, not state, law unless the parties unambiguously agreed...more

To (b)(1) or not to (b)(1): What to Call your Rule 12 Arbitration Motion

Let’s say your client gets sued in court, the parties have an arbitration agreement, and you want to compel arbitration right away and not mess around with any other court proceedings. You already know you can make a motion...more

TN COA: Arbitrators Decide Scope and Unconscionability

The Tennessee Court of Appeals at Jackson recently enforced a NY choice-of-law provision against an arbitration challenge, holding that courts determine contract-formation issues, while arbitrators decide the scope and...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Consumer Contract Arbitration Provision Under California’s Unconscionability Framework

In a dispute over the purchase of a car, the purchaser filed a class action in California against the car dealer, and the dealer moved to compel arbitration. The dealer invoked the arbitration agreement contained in the...more

Second Circuit Clarifies That A Stay, Not Dismissal, Is The Appropriate Federal Arbitration Act Remedy

When a party files a lawsuit in violation of a contractual obligation to arbitrate, the defendant often moves to "dismiss or stay" pending arbitration pursuant to Section 3 of the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA"), 9 U.S.C. §...more

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