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Should Your Consumer Arbitration Clause Be Broader?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After a Central District of California Judge dismissed a consumer’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case on a Motion to Compel Arbitration, companies should consider broadening their consumer arbitration provisions....more

The Federal Arbitration Act Does Not Grant Arbitrators The Power To Compel Pre-Hearing Production Of Documents From Non-Parties

by Carlton Fields on

While the FAA grants arbitrators authority to compel non-parties to appear before them and produce documents at a hearing, it does not authorize them to compel pre-hearing production. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals joined...more

A closer look at the Judicial Tribunal and its Key Decisions of 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Since this landmark decision, a number of decisions were made by the JT in 2017 and a definite jurisprudence has emerged. • the JT's decisions giving guidance as to what is a "conflict of jurisdiction";...more

Litigation. Major Russian legislation changes for 2017

by Dentons on

Change in the rules for applying the mandatory pre-arbitration dispute resolution procedure when filing with Russian commercial courts - Amendments to Article 4(5) of the RF Commercial Procedure Code entered into force on...more

Second Circuit Affirms Court’s Confirmation Of Multiple Arbitration Awards

by Carlton Fields on

This matter involved appeals by appellant Best Made Floors Inc. (“Best Made”) from a December 22, 2016 corrected judgment of a district court confirming two arbitration awards in favor of appellees, and from the district...more

Dept. of Education proposes disclosure of pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV aid for student...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Education, in an issue paper submitted as part of negotiated rulemaking on its final “borrower defense” rule, is proposing to require schools that use pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action...more

Employment Law - January 2018

New Tax Bill Deletes Deduction for Sexual Harassment Settlements - Why it matters - Employers, take note: The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains a provision that prohibits deductions for settlements or payments related...more

A Court Determines If Motion to Compel Arbitration Is Groundless

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

In Archer & White Sales v. Henry Schein, Inc., the Fifth Circuit clarified who determines whether a dispute is arbitrable—a court or an arbitrator—when a motion to compel arbitration is “wholly groundless.” In Archer, the...more

Un-Vacated: Arbitration Awards Get Whiplash

Two cases recently fit in one of my favorite categories: those awards that get “un-vacated.” These cases went through arbitration, had that arbitration award vacated by a district court, only to have the award later...more

Court Refuses To Reconsider Arbitrator’s Factual Determinations

by Carlton Fields on

In a case emphasizing the deference courts give to factual findings of arbitrators, a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of New York has confirmed an arbitration award granting damages and attorneys’ fees to a company...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Claims Seeking Vacatur on Grounds of Arbitrator Misconduct

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the plaintiff sought to vacate an adverse arbitration award claiming the arbitration panel misbehaved and prejudiced his rights under the Federal Arbitration...more

Missouri Court Holds Arbitration Clause In Insurance Contract Unenforceable As Against Public Policy And Under Governing Law

by Carlton Fields on

A Missouri district court recently held a mandatory arbitration provision was unenforceable in an insurance coverage dispute after an electrician was injured on the job and won an uncontested judgment in state court against...more

9th Circuit Finds That FERC Acted Arbitrarily and Capriciously by Awarding Incentive Adders to PG&E for Membership in CAISO

In an opinion issued January 8, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it determined that Pacific...more

Vermont Legislative Update 1-5-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

The merger between the Department of Labor and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development as proposed by the Scott Administration is off the table, but work that was spawned by consideration of the idea has gathered...more

A PAGA Case Cannot Stand Without Standing: Court Of Appeal Affirms Trial Court’s Dismissal Of PAGA Action After The Plaintiff...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Kim v. Reins International California, Inc. (B278642, Cal. Ct. App., December 29, 2017), the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District addressed for the first time the question of whether an employee-plaintiff, who...more

Injunction Carve-Outs in Arbitration: Emergency Only, or All Equity Claims?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Arbitration may end sooner and more efficiently than litigation, but it is slower to begin. A courthouse is just sitting there waiting for a complaint to be filed. Originally published in Alternatives to the High Cost of...more

Insurer’s Attempt To Shield Documents From Discovery Through Assertion Of The Mediation Privilege And A Relevancy Objection Is...

by Carlton Fields on

In a breach of contract and bad faith case emanating from an insurer’s refusal to settle an underlying case within policy limits, the insurer was unsuccessful in its attempt to protect documents from discovery by assertion of...more

Ninth Circuit: Unconscionability Arguments Directed Solely At Class Action Waiver Provisions In Arbitration Agreements Are...

by Carlton Fields on

Utilizing a “sweeping reading of Concepcion,” as characterized by the concurring opinion, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that arguments that “a class action waiver, by itself, is unconscionable under state law or that an...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Manifest Disregard Of The Law And Upholds Order Confirming Arbitration Award In Licensing Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The case involved a dispute between the owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids brand and related intellectual property (“CPK”), and licensee JAKKS Pacific, Inc., which had an exclusive license to use the brand and intellectual...more

A New Year's Resolution for Your Handbooks: Keep Your Arbitration Agreements Out

As the new year quickly approaches, it is a good time to review your company’s handbook and policies. One important issue to look for is whether your arbitration agreement is part of the handbook....more

Business Litigation Report - December 2017

English Fraud Litigation: Weapons of Mass Destruction - Imagine if you could have your opponent’s premises searched, his Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo accounts secretly monitored, his assets frozen, his passport seized, and...more

The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act May Apply To More Than Sexual Harassment

Many employers rely on pre-dispute arbitration agreements to resolve employment litigation in private arbitration rather than in court. However, two recent bipartisan bills introduced in Congress may change the employment...more

Arbitration Provision In Handbook Withstands Judicial Scrutiny In Dismissing FLSA Collective Action: Another Magic Bullet!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

There has been a great deal of litigation about class action waivers in Employee Handbooks and use of arbitration mechanisms in Employee Handbooks to preclude judicial litigation. A recent New Jersey federal case sheds more...more

Tale of Two Arbitrations: Demonstrating The FAA In Flux

Whenever people ask me why I choose arbitration law to write and talk about, one of the reasons I give is that the law is in flux, creating a demand for information and analysis. Despite the fact that the Federal Arbitration...more

Franchisees Lose Bid To Vacate Arbitration Award Enforcing Non-Compete Clause Despite Claim That Arbitrator Manifestly Disregarded...

by Carlton Fields on

A set of former franchisees are prohibited from violating the terms of a non-compete clause with franchisor Wild Bird Centers of America (“WBCA”) for two years after the Fourth Circuit recently upheld the denial of their...more

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