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Arkansas Legislature Prescribes Contractual Waiver of Jury Trial in Lending Agreements

In late 2017, the Arkansas Supreme Court held that pre-dispute jury trial waivers in loan agreements are unenforceable as per the Arkansas Constitution. The Court provided that, according to the state’s Constitution, the...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes "Common and Usual Meaning" Interpretation of Insurance Contracts

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which UBS Puerto Rico sought to overcome its insurance carriers' refusal to defend and provide coverage for two civil actions, settlements with the SEC and FINRA...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 33 | February 2018

by Jones Day on

Disputes - Supreme Court of Japan Overturns the Osaka High Court's Decision Setting Aside an Arbitral Award - On December 12, 2017, the Supreme Court of Japan (Third Petty Bench) overturned the Osaka High Court's...more

NY bars use of mandatory arbitration agreements by career training schools

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New York Education Department (NYED) has issued a ruling which states that the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS) will not permit an enrollment agreement, including an arbitration clause, to infringe on the...more

Federal Courts Do Not Appreciate Defendants Obtaining Arbitration Agreement From Active Plaintiff

In today’s post, we pick up where the 4th Circuit left off a few weeks ago — with federal circuit courts finding ways to avoid enforcing arbitration agreements that are obtained years after litigation has commenced....more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Montana District Court’s Order Confirming Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

This case involves an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by Appellants Schilling Livestock, Inc., Kenneth Schilling and Lesley Schilling (collectively, the “Schillings”), of a Montana federal district court’s order...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Mandatory Arbitration Rule under FINRA Rule 12200

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which defendant Wilson-Davis, a securities firm, sought to enjoin an arbitration brought against it alleging that the firm's failure to supervise its agent caused...more

CFPB Class Action Waiver Rule Invalidated Amidst Ongoing Diminution of CFPB Power

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In October 2017, the United States Senate voted to invalidate a rule promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), which would have prohibited financial institutions from using arbitration agreements in...more

Growing Acceptance of Arbitration in International Commercial Financial Transactions

Financial institutions have historically been skeptical about arbitration in the commercial context. As a result, the documentation used in commercial financial transactions has generally required that disputes be submitted...more

Ninth Circuit Considers Jurisdiction To Hear Appeal Of Decision Vacating Arbitration Award And Remanding For A New Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit has found that it had jurisdiction to hear an appeal of a district court decision vacating an arbitration award and remanding the case for a new arbitration....more

Mexico Signs ICSID Convention

On January 11, 2018, Mexico became the 162nd country to sign the 1965 Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the ICSID Convention or the Convention)....more

Failure to Supervise Selling Away Arbitrable as “Connected with Business”

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The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed that failure-to-supervise claims against a brokerage firm over outside business activities it knew nothing about nevertheless were arbitrable under FINRA Rule 12200(2) as “arising in...more

OHADA's 17 African States Adopt the Uniform Act on Mediation

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The Situation: In November 2017, 17 states of sub-Saharan Africa adopted the Uniform Act on Mediation. The Result: The practice of mediation, although it already has legislative support in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and...more

Court Finds Confidentiality Provision In Arbitration Agreement Unconscionable, Compels Consumer Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit has determined that a confidentiality provision in an arbitration clause was substantively unconscionable. The case involved a putative class action by David Johnson alleging that KeyBank National...more

CFPB to Remove Arbitration Rule from CFR

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The CFPB is scheduled to publish a notice in tomorrow’s Federal Register removing the agency’s final arbitration rule from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). ...more

CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Dies at Hands of Senate and President

by Goodwin on

Three months after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on July 25, 2017 to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Arbitration Rule, the U.S. Senate followed suit. On October 24, 2017, the Senate passed a...more

District Of Colorado Affirms FINRA Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court affirmed a FINRA arbitration award, despite a cross-motion to vacate the award on the bases of alleged panel misconduct; exceeding its powers; manifest disregard of the law; and that the award did not...more

Third party debt orders and letters of credit

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Supreme Court decided that the legal ‘location’ (situs) of a debt due under a letter of credit is the place of residence of the debtor, not where the debt is due to be paid. The decision opens the door for third party...more

Breaking Insights: U.S. Senate Disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Rule

U.S. Senate disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule prohibiting arbitration clauses in consumer contracts with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote....more

Pivot to Arbitration: China Embraces Arbitration to Promote Investment

In the past several months, China has adopted new arbitration rules and unveiled a new arbitration center to help resolve the inevitable international disputes arising from the development of The Silk Road Economic Belt and...more

How the Arbitration Clause Got Its Groove Back

Though initially celebrated by many, the overturning of the CFPB’s arbitration rule could mean problems down the road for the financial services industry. The CFPB’s rule restricting arbitration clauses has been undone by...more

Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause By Financial Advisor

by Winstead PC on

In Steer Wealth Mgmt., LLC v. Denson, Denson, in her individual capacity and as executor of her husband’s estate, sued Steer Wealth Management, LLC, for causes of action including breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - CFPB Outlines Principles for Consumer-Authorized Financial Data Sharing and Aggregation. How companies share consumer data, and how much they tell consumers about their information sharing practices, has...more

Senate Republicans Sink Controversial CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule: Lessons Learned for the CFPB

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This post describes the recent move in Congress to rescind the CFPB rule, and what this means for the CFPB and the financial services industry going forward. On October 24th, the Senate voted 51-50 to overturn the Consumer...more

Congress Saves Consumer Arbitration

by Ifrah PLLC on

In July 2017, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“CPFB”) announced a new rule broadly barring arbitration provisions in a wide swath of consumer contracts. See 12 CFR part 1040. To go into effect next Spring, the...more

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