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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

Clear As Mud: Illinois Courts Continue To Grapple With The “Adequacy” Of Consideration For Non-Compete Agreements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It is axiomatic that a contract requires consideration to be binding. Ordinarily, courts only inquire into the existence, but not the “adequacy,” of consideration. Illinois courts, however, also scrutinize the adequacy of...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

More Bumps in the Road for Uber along the Trade Secret Highway

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a California district court decision denying a trade secret defendant’s motion to compel arbitration based on a prior employment agreement between the plaintiff and an...more

Timing is Everything: Tenth Circuit Overturns Insurer’s Disability Decision as Arbitrary and Capricious

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Even when a claims administrator approves a claim for disability benefits, its job is not done. That principle was again demonstrated in the recent case Owings v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., No. 16-3128 (10th Cir....more

Oral Arguments Heard by the Supreme Court on Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In July, we reported that the Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments to settle the circuit split of whether mandatory class action waivers violate section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). Last month, both...more

No Standing To Pursue Fiduciary-Breach Claim Where Plan Became Overfunded During Litigation

The Eighth Circuit held that defined benefit pension plan participants who alleged breach of fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction claims under ERISA lacked standing to assert their claims because, during the course of...more

Does/Should Your Company Have An Effective Arbitration Agreement?

by Nossaman LLP on

Whether your company should have an arbitration agreement will depend on a multitude of factors and is something to be carefully evaluated and discussed with counsel to make an informed decision. And, if your company already...more

Employment Law - October 2017

Employer Bound by Oral Contract, California Appellate Court Affirms - Why it matters - Upholding an oral contract, the California Court of Appeal agreed with an employee that she should be paid a commission for certain...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments For September 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged an employee who protested an unlawful confidentiality policy, even though the employee protested without the involvement of any coworkers, the U.S....more

Georgia Court Of Appeals Confirms Non-Solicitation of Employees Covenant Need Not Have Geographic Or Material Contact Language

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As previously noted in Jackson Lewis’ Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report, Georgia adopted legislation governing restrictive covenant agreements entered into on or after May 11, 2011. This law, however, does not address...more

Summary Judgment Win for Insurer in “Stable Value” Interest Rate Setting Case

by Carlton Fields on

In July, MetLife obtained a win in the Northern District of Illinois when the court granted summary judgment in its favor on a claim that it had breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing in setting interest rates for a...more

Second Circuit Enforces Arbitration Agreement In Favor Or Non-Party Whose Agent Entered Into That Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has affirmed an order compelling a plaintiff-employee to arbitrate his employment related claims against Carnival Cruise Lines, despite the fact that the one page employment agreement that he signed did not...more

“Opt Out” Provisions May Provide Path Forward for Class-Action Waivers in Employment Contracts

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Everyone is talking about the future of class-action waivers in employment arbitration agreements after the Supreme Court launched its new term this month with oral argument in three closely-watched cases—National Labor...more

Supreme Court Appears Split on Class Action Waivers in Employee Arbitration Agreements

by Baker Donelson on

On Monday, October 2, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in three cases involving the enforceability of employee arbitration agreements that include class/collective action waivers. Since January when the...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Current Split of Authority Over Enforceability of Class Action Waivers Contained in Mandatory Arbitration...

by Snell & Wilmer on

Many employers have implemented mandatory arbitration policies requiring that all employment related disputes be resolved through final and binding arbitration rather than in traditional court proceedings. Generally speaking,...more

The Macron Ordinances - Topic 1: New Rules on Dismissals

by White & Case LLP on

New rules to reform French employment law, as announced in our previous client alert of September 19th, 2017, have been published in the French official journal on September 23rd, 2017. Some measures are immediately...more

The Supreme Court Hears Argument to Decide Whether Class-Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Are Enforceable

by K&L Gates LLP on

Employers that have class- or collective-action waivers in their employee arbitration agreements (or are contemplating implementing them) need not wait much longer for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether such waivers are...more

UPDATE: California Federal Court Permits Former Bank Internal Auditor’s Whistleblower Claims to Proceed

A California federal court—in Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14755, Case No. 15-cv-02287 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2017)—recently denied BofI Federal Bank’s (“BofI’s”) motion to dismiss the Sarbanes-Oxley...more

Murphy’s Law: Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

Can you prevent employees from pursuing class actions if you have the right employment agreement? Employment agreements routinely include arbitration clauses that require employees to waive their right to pursue work-related...more

NLRB About-Face Highlights Lack of Reasoning on the Class Action “Right” It Seeks to Assert

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The NLRB has withdrawn the significant concession it offered at oral argument on the nature of the NLRA rights it seeks to assert in the face of employers’ mandatory arbitration programs....more

SCOTUS Weighs Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in three cases—NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, and Ernst & Young, et al. v. Morris—to resolve whether arbitration provisions in employment agreements...more

Class Waivers at the Divided Supreme Court: Employers Cautiously Optimistic

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following oral argument, employers should be cautiously optimistic that the Supreme Court will allow mandatory arbitration programs containing waivers of the ability to bring collective and class actions....more

Oral Argument in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis: Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

The Supreme Court began its new Term yesterday with oral arguments in cases involving whether arbitration agreements permitting only individual (non-class) arbitrations are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act, or...more

Future of Class Action Waivers: The Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument

On October 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in three consolidated cases that will decide the future of class action waivers in the employment context. These cases—National Labor Relations...more

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