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Is “Class Arbitration” an Oxymoron — Another Shoe Drops in the Second Circuit

In a series of articles over the past several months, we asked whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of the Fed.R.Civ.P. 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable in U.S....more

Gentlemen’s Club Cannot Compel Arbitration Where It Actively Litigated Merits Of Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision refusing to compel arbitration in a labor dispute between a gentlemen’s club (“Crazy Horse”) and a putative class of entertainers because of Crazy Horse’s extensive...more

Pumping the Procedural Brakes: Arbitration Clause Stays Potential Uber Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Will an arbitration provision in a services agreement between Uber and its drivers prevent the drivers from bringing a class action for being misclassified as contractors? The Ontario Superior Court recently addressed this...more

A First in the Second (Circuit): On Remand, District Court Breaks New Ground by Vacating Arbitrator’s Class Certification Award

by K&L Gates LLP on

In what appears to be a first-of-its-kind ruling, the District Court for the Southern District of New York recently concluded that a federal district court has the authority to vacate an arbitrator’s class certification award...more

Employment Law Letter - Winter 2018

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

2017 was not a good year for the University of Connecticut Health Center when it comes to labor and employment litigation. First the state Supreme Court upheld the decision of a labor arbitrator reinstating an employee who...more

As Supreme Court Class Action Waiver Decision Looms, District Courts Aid Employers Seeking to Enforce Arbitration Agreements

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

At this moment the Supreme Court is considering a consolidated appeal from three federal circuits that have split on the question of whether employees may waive their rights to file a collective action lawsuit under the...more

Fourth Circuit Tosses Arbitration Agreements Signed After Litigation Began

Mandatory arbitration agreements can help employers avoid some of the costs and delays involved in litigation and eliminate the possibility of an uninformed or random jury decision. While courts generally favor agreements to...more

4th Circuit Finds Club Waived Right To Compel Arbitration Of Exotic Dancers’ Claims

In a recent opinion, the Fourth Circuit cited waiver as its basis to refuse to compel arbitration, but the result seems animated by a sense that the arbitration agreements were unenforceable. Degidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon &...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

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

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

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

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

Second Circuit Makes It Official (Again): FLSA Claims Are Subject To Arbitration

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Stating unequivocally what it previously had assumed, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that FLSA claims are arbitrable, notwithstanding the requirement that FLSA litigation settlements be...more

The Next Big Thing: Will Employment Agreement Class Action Waivers Clear the U.S. Supreme Court?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

This year important questions regarding the viability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements have moved close to resolution. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a long-awaited final rule...more

The Allegation Of Non-Arbitrable Private Attorney General Claims Does Not Prevent Arbitration Of Individual Claims Raised...

by Carlton Fields on

A contractual arbitration clause may not be avoided by the allegation of “private attorney general” claims that are not arbitrable on public policy grounds in conjunction with claims raised on an individual basis that would...more

First Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration Of Non-Signatory Employee’s Wage And Hour Claims

by Carlton Fields on

As a condition of plaintiff Ouadani’s employment with defendant TF Final Mile LLC (f/k/a/ Dynamex Operations East, LLC (Dynamex)) as a delivery driver, Ouadani was required to associate with Dynamex’s vendor, Birtha Shipping...more

Class Actions: Maximum Wage and Hour and Other Developments

by Benesch on

Any entity with a sizable hourly workforce is a potential target for class action lawsuits, especially those that do business in California. Many in senior management have a horror story about an inadvertent failure to put...more

Missouri Supreme Court Punts Two Lawsuits in a Row, on Direct Flights to Arbitration

Arbitration agreements have faced tackles and turbulence in a series of cases litigated in Missouri courts over the past few years. In the fall of 2017, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued two favorable arbitration agreement...more

The Ninth Circuit Rules That both an Arbitrator and a Trial Court May Have a Role in a Case with Individual and PAGA Claims

by BakerHostetler on

Employers, plaintiffs, and courts continue to grapple with the difficult issue of the interplay between the California Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) and arbitration agreements. We’ve addressed these issues several...more

Segway Competitor Rolls Away from Former CEO’s Attempt to Force Arbitration

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

A party seeking to enforce a contract has to show mutual assent, also referred to as “a meeting of the minds.” In other words, both parties actually have to agree on the same thing. If the parties don’t agree, then a contract...more

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Enforce Your Arbitration Agreement Or Waive Your Right To Arbitrate Your Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Earlier this month, a federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that it waived its right to arbitration by engaging in litigation....more

Ninth Circuit Snubs Stolt-Nielsen, Holds Generic Employee Arbitration Agreement Permits Class-wide Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

After an employer allegedly released personally identifiable information of its employees as the result of a phishing scam, plaintiff employee filed a putative class action lawsuit, alleging claims including negligence,...more

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