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PHH v. CFPB, Part I: President of Consumer Finance No More

In response to a challenge from mortgage servicer PHH Corp. regarding the constitutionality of the single director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB or Bureau), the United States Court of...more

Employment Alert: Ninth Circuit Nixes Employee Class and Collective Action Waivers, Calling into Question Future Viability of...

Mandatory employment arbitration agreements suffered a significant blow last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (covering California, Washington, and other western states) found illegal and...more

Five Arbitration Cases You Should Know (Blogiversary Listicle #3)

I am celebrating five years of blogging by publishing one “listicle” per day this week. Monday, the topic was the five biggest surprises in arbitration law; Tuesday it was the five states most hostile to arbitration. (None...more

Guest Post – Benicar MDL Court: An Unconventional, but Relatively Simple, Remand Decision

This is a guest post, by Jaimee Farrer, an associate at Reed Smith. We’re always looking for new twists that can help in efforts to remove cases to federal court, and the case Jaimee describes does that, relying on an MDL...more

Class Rep Can Opt Out of Arbitration for All (And Other Recent State Court Anomalies)

Continuing last week’s theme of “States Gone Wild,” here are three more oddball summer decisions from state supreme courts. All of them find interesting paths around federal case law (IMHO). Georgia Says Class Complaint...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

White & Case ECB News – Issue 2, 2015: Understanding Your "Boilerplate"

Whilst most people associate boilerplates with mundane provisions in the back of award agreements and stock incentive plans, their importance to employers in providing security and flexibility when setting up plans should not...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

How Does The DOJs Recent Yates' Memo Impact Your Insurance Coverage For Government Investigations?

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) issued a memorandum that was authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and titled, “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing” (the “Yates...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

Health Care Arbitration Agreements: Five Ways to Improve Enforceability

Common law judicial doctrines in almost every state discourage and restrict arbitration agreements covering personal injury or death claims. This is particularly true regarding admission contracts to nursing homes or...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Publishes Proposed Changes to Procedural Rules of Practice

The International Trade Commission proposed a series of new procedural rules, which were published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2015. This blog post provides a summary of the more notable proposed changes to the...more

An Introductory Guide to Arbitration in Singapore

With the high volume of trade and business involving Asian companies, Singapore is increasingly seen as the most attractive seat of arbitration for the reliable resolution of disputes within the Southeast Asian...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court: Separate Consideration for Operated and Unoperated Acres Does Not Render an Oil and Gas Lease...

The recent boom in natural gas production in the Appalachian Basin has led to a concomitant boom in litigation, as landowners who are lessors in long-standing oil and gas leases seek declarations that the leases are no longer...more

Using Severance Under Rule 21 To Preserve Removal Jurisdiction

A recent pelvic mesh case in the District of Maryland, Sullivan v. Calvert Memorial Hospital, No. PJM 14-118, Memorandum Opinion (D. Md. July 30, 2015), offers an interesting and useful take on federal jurisdiction when...more

The New PAGA-Waiver Trap Door

Many employers have arbitration agreements wherein employees agree to waive the right to file a lawsuit against the employer under various laws, including the California’s Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”).  Employers...more

State Supreme Court’s Interpretation of FAA Sidesteps SCOTUS Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent string of pro-arbitration decisions is well documented. In those decisions, the Court has not hesitated to admonish state courts for failing to follow the Federal Arbitration Act...more

Paris Energy Series No. 8: Beware of the Boilerplate – The Risks of Standard-form Clauses in Common and Civil Law Jurisdictions

1. Introduction - When commercial agreements are negotiated, certain key terms are generally the subject of intense discussion. Once these terms have been agreed, there is a risk the ‘boilerplate’ provisions1 at the...more

“Cheeky” Maryland Rule, Requiring Mutuality In Arbitration Agreements, Not Preempted Under Concepcion

In most cases, if this blog mentions Concepcion, it means that a court has found a state statute or line of decisions is preempted by the FAA. A Maryland rule, however, recently ran the Concepcion gauntlet and survived. See...more

SCOTUS Slaps Sooners With Severability Doctrine

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court reminded the Oklahoma Supreme Court who is boss when it comes to the Federal Arbitration Act. In Nitro-Lift Technologies, LLC v. Howard, 2012 WL 5895686 (U.S. Nov. 26, 2012), SCOTUS...more

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