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The State AG Report Weekly Update

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2018 AG Elections- Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh Announces Bid for Reelection- Maryland AG Brian Frosh declared his intention to run for reelection to a second term in 2018. Prior to his election to AG in 2014,...more

Arbitration

1. Excluding claims arising from Confidentiality provision from the arbitration clause was substantively unconscionable - In Farrar v. Direct Commerce, Inc., 9 Cal. App. 5th 1257, review filed 4/28/17, a successful...more

The Fourth Circuit Refuses to Enforce Arbitration Clause and Class Action Waiver in Employment Contracts

by BakerHostetler on

As we have previously written, several Supreme Court decisions have upheld, in various contexts, arbitration agreements that waive the right to assert claims on a class basis. See, e.g., AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563...more

Attorneys General Support Ending Arbitration of Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

by Murtha Cullina on

Last week, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to leaders in Congress, urging the passage of legislation that would prohibit mandatory arbitration of workplace sexual harassment claims. In the...more

Court Refuses to Enforce "Misleading" and "Sham" Arbitration Agreements

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Courts usually enforce mandatory arbitration agreements in the employment context if the agreements are not too one-sided. But last month, in Degidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon & Restaurant, 2018 WL 456905 (4th Cir. Jan. 18,...more

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

You Should Know - February 2018

Despite #MeToo Era, Many Employers Say #NotMe - Major revelations of sexual harassment in the workplace have started a long-overdue movement to protect all workers, but most often women, from a long history of abuse. You...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

States Ask Congress To Prohibit Arbitration In Sex Harassment Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

A unanimous block of attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, not to mention several U.S. territories, sent a letter to Congress on February 12th asking federal lawmakers to prohibit the use of...more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims

A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018. The bill (House Bill 4058), which...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

An Employer’s Notice to Employees of a Mandatory Arbitration Program May be Insufficient Basis to Compel Arbitration

Arbitration is of course a creature of contract, and so a party may not be compelled to arbitrate unless it has agreed, or is deemed to have agreed, to arbitrate a dispute. An offeree may be deemed to have manifested its...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

Four Employment Law Issues to Watch in 2018

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

1. Does Title VII Protect Against Discrimination Based on Gender Identification or Sexual Orientation? The Supreme Court has not yet resolved whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act—which forbids discrimination in...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

Is the Inability to Perform the Required Duties of the Job Just Cause for a Public Employee’s Discharge? It Depends. (PART I)

In November 2017, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion concerning an arbitrator’s reinstatement of a state correctional officer (“CO”). The CO was responsible for monitoring inmates who worked on the...more

Seventh Circuit Says: Clear Error Standard Applies To Court Review Of Withdrawal Liability Arbitrator’s CBA Interpretation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit has now applied a clear error standard of review to a withdrawal liability arbitrator’s interpretation of a collective bargaining agreement, thus enhancing the role of the arbitrator in...more

To Have or Not to Have: Federal Lawmakers Seek to End Private Arbitration of Sex Harassment Claims in Arbitration Agreements

by Clark Hill PLC on

A group of federal lawmakers recently proposed legislation referred to as the “End Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act” (the “Act”) which, if enacted, would prevent employers from enforcing mandatory arbitration...more

JAMS Employment Matters - Winter 2017

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The Sunk Cost Fallacy: Why Workers Stay with Bad Jobs, Employers Keep Poorly Performing Employees and More Discovery May Backfire - In economics, a sunk cost is any cost that has already been paid and cannot be recovered....more

Legislators respond to recent sexual harassment scandals by introducing bills to ban arbitration in sex bias cases

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Many employers rely on pre-dispute arbitration agreements, usually entered at the beginning of employment, to resolve disputes that may arise during employment in binding and private arbitration rather than in public...more

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