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Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties... more +
Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties to arbitration agree in advance to be bound by the arbitrator's decision. Arbitration is an alternative to litigation, but it shares many of the familiar features of litigation. Namely, parties to arbitration hold hearings before neutral decision-makers, present evidence and argue the merits of their position. Parties often choose arbitration due to its perceived advantages over litigation. Those perceived advantages include greater efficiency and flexibility, and lower costs. less -

The Federal Arbitration Act Does Not Grant Arbitrators The Power To Compel Pre-Hearing Production Of Documents From Non-Parties

by Carlton Fields on

While the FAA grants arbitrators authority to compel non-parties to appear before them and produce documents at a hearing, it does not authorize them to compel pre-hearing production. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals joined...more

Dept. of Education proposes disclosure of pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV aid for student...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Education, in an issue paper submitted as part of negotiated rulemaking on its final “borrower defense” rule, is proposing to require schools that use pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Court’s Authority To Rule On Question Of Arbitrability And Finds Injunctive Relief Was Not Subject To...

by Carlton Fields on

A Texas federal court determined that, pursuant to the parties’ contract, the dispute was not arbitrable because the plain language of the arbitration clause expressly excluded suits that involved requests for injunctive...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

Missouri Court Holds Arbitration Clause In Insurance Contract Unenforceable As Against Public Policy And Under Governing Law

by Carlton Fields on

A Missouri district court recently held a mandatory arbitration provision was unenforceable in an insurance coverage dispute after an electrician was injured on the job and won an uncontested judgment in state court against...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

Lawmakers Take Aim: Will #MeToo Curb Nondisclosure or Arbitration Agreements?

by Littler on

In 2017, the #MeToo movement highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, toppling prominent figures in numerous fields. Sexual harassment has been unlawful for decades, of course, yet this vexing problem...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

Actions by Sub-Saharan OHADA-Member Nations Promote Arbitration

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, 17 sub-Saharan African states reformed both their uniform arbitration law and the arbitration rules of their regional arbitration center. The Result: The revision of the Uniform Act on...more

Injunction Carve-Outs in Arbitration: Emergency Only, or All Equity Claims?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Arbitration may end sooner and more efficiently than litigation, but it is slower to begin. A courthouse is just sitting there waiting for a complaint to be filed. Originally published in Alternatives to the High Cost of...more

Ninth Circuit: Unconscionability Arguments Directed Solely At Class Action Waiver Provisions In Arbitration Agreements Are...

by Carlton Fields on

Utilizing a “sweeping reading of Concepcion,” as characterized by the concurring opinion, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that arguments that “a class action waiver, by itself, is unconscionable under state law or that an...more

Arbitration and Eviction: A Recipe for Delay

Leases in an independent living component of an assisted living facility will often contain an arbitration provision. Although arbitration can be helpful in reducing litigation expenses, arbitration can lead to significant...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

Tale of Two Arbitrations: Demonstrating The FAA In Flux

Whenever people ask me why I choose arbitration law to write and talk about, one of the reasons I give is that the law is in flux, creating a demand for information and analysis. Despite the fact that the Federal Arbitration...more

Service by email – arbitration

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A notice of arbitration emailed to a company employee was not good service, leading to the resultant arbitration award being set aside. The court applied agency principles to determine whether service by email on an...more

Court Finds State Law Barring Insurance Arbitrations Reverse-Preempts Federal Arbitration Act

by Carlton Fields on

The case involved a dispute between the parties to a Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA). Defendants moved to compel arbitration, citing the Federal Arbitration Act and a provision in the RPA agreeing to resolve “[a]ll...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

Estate Avoids Arbitration In Wrongful Death Maritime Suit Because Defendant Was Not A Signatory Or Party To Contract With...

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit refused last month to disturb a district court order denying a defendant’s motion to compel arbitration against a sailor in a maritime action pursuant to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of...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 FLSA And Arbitration

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I read an interesting post by Daniel Schwartz in the Connecticut Employment Law Blog. It concerned a recent Second Circuit decision that bodes well for employers in the never-ending fight against wage-hour class actions. The...more

The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act: A Legislative Response to #MeToo

With sexual misconduct allegations sending shockwaves everywhere from Hollywood to Washington, it should come as no surprise that some legislators are chomping at the bit to pass legislation addressing sexual harassment in...more

FLSA Wage & Hour Claims Can Be Subject to Arbitration

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

There is news in the employment law world beyond sexual harassment. Arbitration clauses to be exact. Yesterday, the Second Circuit issued a small, but important decision for employers that will continue to limit FLSA wage...more

The Ten Arbitration Trends Of 2017

2017 was a big year in arbitration law. We went from a country that seemed on the verge of banning arbitration in most consumer and employee contracts to a country whose federal policy embraces arbitration in nearly every...more

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