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Class Action Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act

A class action is a type of legal action where a representative individual or group of individuals can bring a claim on behalf of a larger group or class who share a common legal interest.

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

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

CFPB Arbitration Rule Eliminated by Congress and President

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On November 1, President Trump formally did away with a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) arbitration rule that would have given consumers the opportunity to file class actions against banks and other companies in...more

Is Canada Ready for Class Arbitration?

by Dentons on

Many consumer agreements in Canada contain arbitration clauses that require any dispute arising from the consumer transaction to be determined by way of private arbitration. These clauses often also preclude any form of class...more

Consumer Data Breach: Equifax and Arbitration

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The latest large consumer data breach, this time involving Equifax, has also shed a sharp light on an ongoing controversy about consumers’ access to justice. In taking steps to ameliorate its PR crisis, Equifax found itself...more

Senate Kills CFPB Rule Prohibiting Class Action Waivers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Yesterday the Senate struck down a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) rule which would have prohibited providers of financial products and services from including class action waivers in their arbitration...more

Congress Votes To Repeal CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

The Senate voted on Tuesday, October 24, to repeal the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule first proposed in May of 2016 and issued in its final form in July. The rule would have imposed limitations on the use of pre-dispute arbitration...more

Congress Quashes CFPB Arbitration Rule: What Next?

Pencils down. (Is the modern equivalent “cursors down”?) All the attorneys who were drafting new form consumer agreements to comply with the CFPB rule prohibiting class action waivers can now trash those documents. ...more

Senate Strikes Down CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The short-lived rule will likely be remembered as part of the Trump Administration’s dismantling of the Obama Administration’s legacy, and as continuing the trend of courts strictly enforcing agreements to arbitrate as...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

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

Courts Lose Jurisdiction To Vacate Arbitration Award After Three Months

The Nebraska Supreme Court recently had the unenviable task of determining whether the three month time period that the FAA provides for vacating an arbitration award is a statute of limitation (subject to tolling) or is...more

Will the Supreme Court Finally Remove Doubt That an Employer Can Mandate That Employees Enter into Arbitration Agreements with...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first argument of the first day of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in three cases presenting the issue of whether an employer may require employees to enter into...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Clarifies Law Governing Arbitration Waiver

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Security Alarm Financing Enterprises, L.P. v. Fuller, et al., Case No. 1 CA-CV 16-0255 (Ariz. Ct. App. July 6, 2017), the Arizona Court of Appeals recently held as a matter of first impression that Arizona state courts...more

What to Watch - Supreme Court to Consider Whether Agreements to Waive Employees' Class or Collective Action Rights are Enforceable

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In recent years, employers have increasingly been subject to class and collective actions lawsuits by employees alleging various employment law violations, including claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In response,...more

Fifth Circuit Continues To Approve Class Action Arbitration Waivers Over NLRB Objections

by Carlton Fields on

The opening case of the United States Supreme Court’s October 2017 term is a consolidation of three cases that present a Circuit conflict on the issue of whether the collective-bargaining provisions of the National Labor...more

Convergys Corporation and LogistiCare Solutions, Incorporated v. NLRB – The Fifth Circuit Considers Class and Collective Action...

by BakerHostetler on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided two cases considering the impact of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) on class or collective action waivers required by companies for their applicants and...more

Six Arbitration Trends In 2017 (6th Blogiversary Post)

This is my 290th post at ArbitrationNation and today I celebrate six years of blogging. Woo hoo — that’s longer than most celebrity marriages! In honor of the occasion, here are updates on six of the hottest issues in...more

When Is a Civil Penalty Not a Civil Penalty?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Plaintiffs cannot circumvent arbitration agreements by characterizing claims for statutory damages as claims for civil penalties. The purported PAGA exemption from arbitration agreements applies only to...more

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in October on Enforceability of Employment Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In January, we reported that the Supreme Court granted review of three conflicting Court of Appeal decisions to settle the question of whether an agreement requiring that employees resolve employment-related disputes through...more

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