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Arbitration Provision TKOs Class Action Lawsuit by Online Viewer of Mayweather/McGregor Fight

Boxing fan Victor Mallh, attempting to take a class action swing at Showtime Networks for failures in its livestream broadcast of the Mayweather/McGregor fight in August of this year, will have to pursue his claim in...more

“Pink Slime” Lawsuit Spins Off into Insurance Dispute

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Earlier this year, ABC News, through its parent company, reached a midtrial settlement with Beef Products Inc. in the now infamous “pink slime” lawsuit. Under South Dakota food libel statutes, damages in the case could have...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Facebook may have had a difficult day on the Hill. But a 79% rise in Q3 profit—driven, ironically enough, by online ads—should help soften the blow....more

Behavioral Advertising Company That Dropped “Zombie” Cookies Can’t Use Verizon’s Arbitration Clause To Avoid Class Action Lawsuit

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a non-party online behavioral advertising firm could not benefit from the arbitration clause in the agreement between Verizon and its customers because it was not a party to that...more

California Mediation Confidentiality May Apply to Third Party “Participants” Retained to Provide Analysis

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California Evidence Code section 1119 governs the general admissibility of oral and written communications generated during the mediation process. Section 1119(a) provides that “[n]o evidence of anything said or any admission...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The Journal gives us a revealing long look at the true meaning behind a Morningstar investment star ranking and finds that the coveted 5-star overall rating translated into a 5-year performance worthy of that designation just...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Application Of Arbitration Clause Found In Amazon’s Conditions Of Use

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Applying Washington law, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a California federal court’s ruling that Amazon’s Conditions of Use (COU) created a valid contract between Amazon and its customers, and there was no...more

Amazon Delivers Pricing Challenge to Arbitration

Amazon successfully moved a putative class action challenging its pricing practices to arbitration after the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit held that the retailer’s agreement was not unconscionable....more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Claim That Amazon’s Terms and Conditions Are an Unconscionable Contract

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that had sent a putative class action against Amazon over its pricing practices to arbitration, as per Amazon’s terms of service. (Wiseley v....more

Update Your Browsewrap and Clickwrap Agreements

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A recent California case reminds businesses and website owners that browsewrap and clickwrap agreements must be conspicuous for courts to enforce them. See Long v. Provide Commerce, Inc., 245 Cal.App.4th 855 (2nd Dist. 2016)....more

Uber Customer Arbitration Agreement Enforceable Under California Law, Says Second Circuit

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The Second Circuit has found that Spencer Meyer, a customer of Uber, was provided “reasonably conspicuous” notice of Uber’s Terms of Service to which he “unambiguously manifested assent” when he created an Uber account, such...more

Mobile App Terms and Conditions Decision Clarifies Best Practices in App Designs to Support Enforcement of Contract Provisions

The Second Circuit issued a decision of interest to every company that utilizes a mobile app to interact with its customers. In Meyer v. Kalanick, the court enforced the mandatory arbitration provision in the Uber app. The...more

Federal Appellate Court Enforces Terms of Use, Including Arbitration Provision, Entered During Mobile Application Registration...

On August 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision in a high-profile case against Uber Technologies that has broad implications for the enforceability of terms of use entered on...more

Landmark Second Circuit Ruling Clarifies the Standards for Mobile Contracts

On August 17, 2017, the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling in Meyer v. Kalanick that clarifies the standards for contract formation in the age of smartphones and mobile contracting,...more

Uber Victory Provides Relief Regarding Enforceability of App Terms and Conditions

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Last week, a federal court ruled that mandatory arbitration provisions in lengthy mobile application Terms of Service can be binding, regardless of whether a customer takes the time to read them. This ruling in favor of Uber...more

Uber Uses Arbitration (And Clean Design) To Put Brakes On Consumer Class Action

Last Thursday, the Second Circuit found that the arbitration agreement in Uber’s Terms of Service was conspicuous enough to be binding and enforceable. As a result, the claims of a putative class of consumers will be...more

Court Vacates Arbitration Award Due To Evident Partiality Of Panel, But Parties Must Re-Arbitrate Matter Before Same Arbitral...

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In a dispute between the Washington Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles, and affiliated parties regarding the value of broadcasting rights for Nationals games, an appellate court has affirmed a trial court order vacating an...more

CPR Appoints New Cyber Panel Ahead of Anticipated Increase in Data Security Disputes

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The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, a New York-based organisation offering Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, has recently announced the launch of a new specialised panel of...more

UDRP Proceedings: Solving Domain Name Disputes

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If a dispute arises over use and/or registration of an internet domain name, resolution of the dispute is accomplished through proceedings under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, known as UDRP proceedings,...more

Highlights From DRI Class Action Seminar 2017 – Day Two

Here are my highlights from the second day of DRI’s 2017 Class Action Seminar: Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements (Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells) - Neal Katyal is a leading Supreme Court advocate and is litigating...more

Down, but not out – initial adverse decision not a bar to future recovery of .ca domain name

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A pair of recent decisions under the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (“CIRA”) Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“CDRP”) demonstrate that a trademark owner who fails to obtain a domain name transfer at a first...more

Construction E-Note - June 2017

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With online retailers challenging brick and mortar stores, the importance of online transactions and the terms of the contracts they create has never been greater. In the context of arbitration, courts are increasingly being...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Payday Lender’s Submission Of False Worthless Check Affidavits Equates To Waiver Of Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs-Appellees brought suit against short-term lender PLS Financial Services, Inc., and PLS Loan Store of Texas, Inc. (collectively “PLS”), alleging the following scheme. First, as part of the application process, PLS...more

Promise to Arbitrate Claims “Arising Under” is Narrower than Promise to Arbitrate Claims “Relating to” Agreement

In Evans v. Building Materials Corporation of America, [2016-2427](June 5, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the denial of a motion to dismiss a complaint for patent infringement and trade dress infringement....more

NLRB Orders DISH Network To Rescind Or Revise Its Arbitration Agreement With Employees

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Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered Dish Network, LLC to rescind or revise its arbitration agreement, finding that provisions in the agreement violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....more

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