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Federal Arbitration Act

The Federal Arbitration Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1925 that governs arbitration in contracts implicating interstate commerce. The Act applies in both federal and state courts. 

Back to Arbitration Basics: Recent Federal Decisions (and a SCOTUS preview)

Remember when Maria sang “Let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start”? Well, that seems to be what federal circuit courts are doing with their arbitration decisions recently. This post will run...more

Should Your Consumer Arbitration Clause Be Broader?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After a Central District of California Judge dismissed a consumer’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case on a Motion to Compel Arbitration, companies should consider broadening their consumer arbitration provisions....more

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

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

Chris Lazarini Examines Claims Seeking Vacatur on Grounds of Arbitrator Misconduct

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the plaintiff sought to vacate an adverse arbitration award claiming the arbitration panel misbehaved and prejudiced his rights under the Federal Arbitration...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

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

West Viriginia Supreme Court Applies Doctrine Of Severability To Enforce Lease’s Arbitration Provision, Despite Other Provisions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

SWN Prod. Co., LLC v. Long, 2017 W. Va. LEXIS 892 (W. Va. Oct. 18, 2017) - Respondents Richard and Mary Long (“Respondents” or “Lessors”) brought a state court action against Petitioner SWN Production Company, LLC...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

NEBRASKA: A Good Home for Berkshire Hathaway, but not for Reinsurance Agreements

by Locke Lord LLP on

A Cornhusker by birth, I’ve always had a special affinity for Nebraska, and particularly Omaha, where I was raised. My only regret is that I was neither old nor rich enough to participate in Mr.Buffet’s original partnership....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

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

Proposed Bill Targets Arbitration of Sex Discrimination and Harassment Claims, Threatens Arbitration of Any Employment Disputes

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week seeks to make it illegal for employers to enforce mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements with employees alleging workplace sexual harassment or other sex-based...more

New Bill Would Outlaw Mandatory Arbitration Agreements For Sex Discrimination Disputes – Is A Poorly Constructed Bill The Right...

by BakerHostetler on

Prior bills have attempted, unsuccessfully, to eliminate individual arbitration as a means to resolve employment disputes. Senator Al Franken introduced several bills, starting in 2009, to forbid pre-dispute mandatory...more

SLOW DOWN Congress: You Are About To Render The FAA Inapplicable To Employment Disputes (And Class Waivers), And You Probably...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pending bi-partisan legislation aimed at preventing employers from enforcing arbitration agreements of sexual harassment claims might make employers unable to enforce arbitration agreements, and class...more

Bill Would Ban Arbitration In Sex Bias Cases -- Is That A Good Idea?

On Wednesday, Sens. Kirsten Gillebrand (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act. The legislation has bipartisan support, although it's not clear yet how much. ...more

A Twist in Oil Patch Arbitration

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Would you trust your $12 million arbitration to accountants rather than lawyers? Sometimes it makes sense. In Order_Apache v. YPF SA, delegating an accounting dispute to accountants was right. The problem was in the...more

November 2017: Seven Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term

Justice Neil Gorsuch began his first full Term on the Supreme Court this October, with court-watchers eagerly anticipating which cases the Supreme Court will take and waiting to see how Justice Gorsuch will affect the...more

Arbitration Award For Cabbage Patch Kids Is Confirmed

What could be a better subject for a Black Friday weekend post than the Cabbage Patch Kids??! Especially if you are old enough to remember the 1980s… Whether you loved or hated the smushed-face dolls, the point of this post...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

The Arbitration Resistance May Look Like This… (Post #300)

What happens when state courts disagree with SCOTUS’s interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act? They resist, and they have a thousand different ways of doing so. The Mississippi Supreme Court demonstrated one way to...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

“Pink Slime” Lawsuit Spins Off into Insurance Dispute

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Earlier this year, ABC News, through its parent company, reached a midtrial settlement with Beef Products Inc. in the now infamous “pink slime” lawsuit. Under South Dakota food libel statutes, damages in the case could have...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

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