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First Circuit Finds Plaintiff Waived Right to Arbitrate by Litigating for 9 Months

We haven’t had a good waiver case in a while. The First Circuit served one up last week with a flourish, teaching me multiple new words in the process (not for the first time, either). It found that a plaintiff had waived...more

New Jersey Court Casts Doubt on Enforceability of Consumer Arbitration Agreements That Lack “Magic Words”

The New Jersey Supreme Court has cast doubt on the enforceability of arbitration clauses in consumer agreements that lack clear language specifying that consumers have waived their rights to litigate claims in a court....more

N.J. Supreme Court Rules that Consumer Arbitration Pact Is Invalid

The court found that the arbitration agreement failed to clearly and unambiguously advise that the plaintiff was giving up the right to pursue statutory claims in court....more

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Petition that Proceeding as a Collective Action Under the FLSA is a Non-Waivable Substantive...

In the last week, we have seen several significant decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, however, the Court made a noteworthy “non-decision” by declining a petition for certiorari that raised the question of...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms that Waiting Too Long to Raise an Arbitration Agreement’s Delegation Clause Waives the Right to Have the...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently confirmed that waiting too long to raise an arbitration agreement’s delegation clause waives the right to ask the court to send threshold questions of...more

Texas Supreme Court Opinions and Orders (5/14)

No. 12-0983, McAllen Hospitals, LP v. State Farm County Mutual Insurance Company of Texas - The Court addressed some of the mechanics of Hospital Lien Statute (Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code chapter 55). State Farm...more

Third Circuit Finds Two Months Of Litigation Sufficient To Waive Right To Arbitrate

In a decision this week, the Third Circuit found two related parties had waived their right to arbitrate claims. One was no suprise — it had vigorously litigated the dispute for eleven months....more

SAE Power Inc. v. Avaya Inc.

Opinion and Order Affirming Denial of Avaya's Motion to Compel Arbitration

Defendant Avaya Inc. appealed an order by the NJ Superior Court denying its motion to compel arbitration in a case we filed on behalf of our Client SAE. We argued that Avaya waived its right to arbitration because it (1)...more

California Court Requires Clear And Unmistakable Waiver To Enforce Arbitration Agreement

Volpei v. County of Ventura, No. B243954 (November 7, 2013): In a recent decision, a California Court of Appeal held that an arbitration provision in a collective bargaining agreement did not waive an employee’s individual...more

Hall Street Runs Both Ways: Parties Can Neither Waive Nor Expand Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards, Says Ninth Circuit

Back in 2008, the Supreme Court held in Hall Street Associates, L.L.C. v. Mattel, L.L.C. that parties to an arbitration agreement subject to the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) cannot agree to empower a federal court with more...more

How to Draft Enforceable Class Action and Other Employer-Friendly Waivers

Porreca v. The Rose Group was a class action lawsuit brought by Carly Porreca and Charles Walton, alleging that their employer, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. After Porreca...more

Employee Not Required to Arbitrate FEHA Claims Where Language of Arbitration Agreement Is Permissive

While contractual claims arising from a collective bargaining agreement including an agreement to arbitrate are generally presumed arbitrable, the same presumption does not apply to statutory claims. Where an employee...more

Did You Know…The Continuing Saga Of Arbitration Agreements & Unconscionability

In light of the United States Supreme Court decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the California Supreme Court recently reversed its own prior decision where it had held that an arbitration agreement that requires an...more

Through the Lens of Concepcion: California Supreme Court Revisits the Validity of Agreements Requiring Employee Waiver of Wage...

Almost one year after the U.S. Supreme Court summarily vacated the original 2011 Sonic-Calabasas opinion (Sonic I), the California Supreme Court issued its opinion on remand in Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II)....more

California Confirms Preemption by FAA Over State Rule Barring Employee Waiver - Mostly

In Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II), the California Supreme Court addressed an employee’s waiver of access to an administrative hearing, in this case a Berman hearing, in an arbitration agreement imposed as a...more

CA Supreme Court Holds That Employees Are Bound By Arbitration Agreements Waiving Right To A Labor Comm’r Hearing

Frank Moreno agreed, as a condition of his employment with Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc., to arbitrate all of this employment disputes with his employer. After terminating his employment with Sonic, Moreno filed an administrative...more

Additional Price of a Judicial Reaction: Waiver of One's Contractual Right to Arbitration

In Volpe v. Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., No. 652308/2012, Judge Eileen Bransten denied plaintiff Ray Volpe’s (“Volpe”) motion to compel arbitration and granted defendant The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.’s...more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Holds That Courts May Invalidate Certain Arbitration Agreements With Class Action Waivers

On June 12, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held that courts may invalidate an arbitration agreement that includes a class action waiver where the plaintiff demonstrates that his or her claim effectively cannot...more

SCOTUS Says “Tough Luck” To Plaintiffs Whose Claims Are Too Pricey To Prove In Individual Arbitrations

In American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, a divided Supreme Court today reversed the Second Circuit and held that plaintiffs may not invalidate an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver merely...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - June 14, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL...more

The Supreme Court’s Decision to Affirm An Arbitrator’s Decision Compelling Class Arbitration May Be Most Notable For What Was Not...

ERISA plan sponsors, and employers more broadly, have been anxiously awaiting two rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court that they hope would clarify the ability to enforce class action waivers in arbitration agreements....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

Arbitration Clauses Are Enforceable Despite Waiver Of Classwide Arbitration Rights

Israel Flores and Andrea Naasz sued West Covina Toyota (WCT) and Toyota Motor Sales for selling them a “lemon,” alleging both individual and class action claims, including claims for violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies...more

Abstention Trumps Arbitration In Tenth Circuit

The Tenth Circuit this week refused to consider a plaintiff’s substantive arguments about its right to arbitrate because it found abstention was appropriate under the Colorado River doctrine. D.A. Osguthorpe Family P’ship v....more

Eighth Circuit Permits Individual Arbitration of FLSA Claims

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important pro-arbitration opinion last week, compelling individual arbitration of a putative Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action. Owen v. Bristol Care, Inc., No....more

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