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Federal Arbitration Act Supreme Court of the United States Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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. 

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

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The NLRB has withdrawn the significant concession it offered at oral argument on the nature of the NLRA rights it seeks to assert in the face of employers’ mandatory arbitration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

Future of Class Action Waivers: The Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument

On October 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in three consolidated cases that will decide the future of class action waivers in the employment context. These cases—National Labor Relations...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument On Validity Of Class Action Waivers In Employment Arbitration Agreements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The United States Supreme Court heard a one-hour consolidated oral argument in three arbitration cases involving the intersection of the National Labor Relations Act and the Federal Arbitration Act on October 2, 2017. Epic...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

New York Appeals Court Rejects Enforceability Of Class Action Waivers – But Is This Ruling Short-Lived?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In an issue of first impression in the state of New York, last week the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (the state’s intermediate appellate court) weighed in on the enforceability of arbitration provisions that...more

SCOTUS Decisions May Provide A Roadmap to Enforcing Arbitration Clauses Included In Product Packaging

by Cozen O'Connor on

It is open opinion season at the U.S. Supreme Court, and two recent decisions pertaining to the enforceability of arbitration clauses provide guidance to manufacturers looking to bind consumers through the use of product...more

Waiting for Gorsuch: SCOTUS Kicks Important Class-Action Waiver Case to Next Term

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week, the United States Supreme Court informed litigants in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that it is pushing the case to its October 2017 term. The lawsuit, which rose up through the Western District of Wisconsin and the...more

Are Class Action Waivers Enforceable?

by Carlton Fields on

The Supreme Court granted petitions for certiorari in three lawsuits challenging the legality of arbitration agreements that bar workers from pursuing class actions. The Court consolidated the cases, Murphy Oil USA Inc., Epic...more

Arbitration Is Back on the Docket: The Supreme Court to Review the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The United States Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in a trio of cases—Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285; Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, No. 16-300; and NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA Inc., No. 16-307—to decide on a...more

Supreme Court to Hear Class Action Cases Involving Class Action Waivers and Tolling of Statutes of Limitations

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in class action cases involving: (1) class action waivers in employment contracts; and (2) whether filing of a securities class action tolled a statute of repose. In both...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Class Action Waiver Cases

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Supreme Court consolidated and agreed to hear three appeals of Circuit Court decisions concerning whether class action waivers contained in employment arbitration agreements infringe on employees’ rights under...more

Sign O’ The Times: SCOTUS Denies Cert In Franchise Arbitration Dispute

On Monday of this week, after stringing the parties along for five months, SCOTUS denied cert in a case involving the intersection between arbitration and franchise regulation. The petition was filed in November of 2015,...more

Proposed Legislation Would Set Back Corporations’ Use of Arbitration Clauses

The Restoring Statutory Rights Act of 2016, sponsored by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, was sent to congressional committee on February 4, 2016 for consideration. The bill would place restrictions on companies’ use...more

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too? Handbook Contract Disclaimers & Mandatory Arbitration Policies

by Wilson Elser on

A New Jersey court recently used the so-called contract “disclaimer” language in an employer’s handbook to preclude the employer from enforcing a mandatory arbitration program contained in that same handbook. The court’s...more

SCOTUS Benchslaps Cali...Again

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California Court of Appeals decision invalidating class action arbitration waivers. DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, (No. 14-462 December 14, 2015)....more

Deciding Who Decides Questions of Arbitrability: A Survey of American Law and a Comparative Perspective

Parties to commercial disputes frequently encounter and litigate the threshold issue whether their dispute is within the scope of an arbitration clause and must therefore be arbitrated rather than litigated in court. Even...more

California Court of Appeal holds certain class action waivers may be unenforceable

by Dentons on

Class action waivers have become common in consumer contracts, including sales agreements to purchase newly constructed residences and employment agreements, which may also contain arbitration clauses. After last year’s...more

The Supreme Court Preview, Part II: Tuning Up Arbitration Clauses

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is the second post in our series “The Supreme Court Preview,” - California state and federal courts have a rocky history with the U.S. Supreme Court, as the highest court in the land has repeatedly reversed the...more

Governor’s Pen Sends Anti-Employment Arbitration Bill to the Grave

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On October 11—his very last day to sign or veto bills—Governor Brown vetoed the much-feared Assembly Bill 465. AB 465 would have banned mandatory agreements to arbitrate Labor Code claims as a condition of employment. At...more

CFPB Announces Intent to Commence Arbitration Rulemaking

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is considering two rulemaking proposals that would severely limit the use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in consumer financial service...more

Struggle At The Supreme Court Over Arbitration Clauses

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to familiar territory last week in DirecTV Inc. v. Imburgia (argued Oct. 6, 2015): the enforceability of an arbitration clause in a consumer contract containing a class action waiver. But...more

Governor Brown Vetoes Blanket Ban on Arbitration Agreements, But Signals Potential Support of More Tailored Legislation

by Reed Smith on

Governor Brown got it right when he vetoed Assembly Bill 465, which would have restricted the enforcement of arbitration agreements requiring the arbitration of claims brought against employers for violations under the...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review California Rule Invalidating Contractor Arbitration Agreements

On October 1, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a company whose mandatory arbitration agreements with its contractors were deemed invalid by California state courts. Once again, the Court will determine...more

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