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Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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

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

II-27 - Our 1st Anniversary Special: Bringing Back Our Inaugural Guest to Discuss What Was and What Will Still Be With President...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Happy Anniversary! This podcast started one year ago today on February 1, 2017 with Howard Schweitzer prognosticating about what employers can expect with a new President Trump Administration. One year to the day, Howard...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

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

2017-18 Supreme Court Update

In the 2017-18 term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a number of potentially significant disputes relevant to businesses, including those involving constitutional protections, class actions and other corporate liability...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: December 2017

by Payne & Fears on

Lopez v. Routt, 17 Cal. App. 5th 1006, 225 Cal. Rptr. 3d 851 (2017) - Facts: Plaintiff sued her employer and supervisor for harassment in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). The matter...more

Our Nominees for the Top 20 California Employment Law Risks

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

New laws pop up in California on a regular basis, as summarized by our What’s New for 2018 advisory. Meanwhile, California employers must also be mindful of the laws already on the books, many of which pose traps for the...more

A Look Back at Significant Developments in Class Action Law in 2017

From the standpoint of class action practice, 2017 was as important for what did not happen as for what did. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 class action scorecard, with a look forward to how the...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

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

Labor Law 2017: Year in Review

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As a new administration took the reins for the first time in eight years, employers, employees, unions, labor lawyers and observers alike all wondered what to expect from President Donald J. Trump. Would he govern much like...more

The Top 10 Class-Action-Related Developments of 2017

by BakerHostetler on

2017 was a relatively quiet year for major class action news, especially in the Supreme Court, which addressed only a handful of cases that might have an impact on class actions and reached decisions only in a couple of those...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

II-25 – Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Employers in 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From federal agency changes to anticipated developments in sexual harassment, paid leave, overtime, and marijuana use, this episode of Employment Law Now provides ten issues that employers should resolve to understand in the...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

Take 5 Newsletter December 2017 - 2017 Wrap-Up & Heads-Up: The Top Workforce Management Issues of 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment in the Wake of #MeToo - Revelations of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and those that have followed, have ignited sexual harassment complaints against employers across all industries....more

Will the New Year Bring a New CFPB? Planning in the Wake of Uncertainty

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) in July 2010 in the wake of a financial crisis, as an independent agency tasked with...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

Here We Come A Waiver-ing: 2017 Year In Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and the WH-L-PG Contemplated the wage-hour year lyrically; We considered the issues our readers would most like to savor And decided the tastiest one was class waiver....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

How the Trump Administration May Affect the Legal Landscape

by Epiq on

President Trump campaigned on reversing many Obama-era policies, and he is making good on his promises. The uncertainty of which major regulatory changes are in the pipeline is certainly keeping the legal community on its...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

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