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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

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

Top 10 New York Commercial Division Cases and Developments of 2017

In 2017, the New York Commercial Division continued to implement new rules and refine existing rules in order to streamline litigation in the court. The year also saw some key decisions by the Commercial Division as well as...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

#MeToo – Is Mandatory Arbitration On The Chopping Block?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On an almost daily basis, the news is filled with reported allegations of harassment by news anchors, Hollywood titans, Senate candidates, sitting congressmen, celebrity chefs, network executives and even the president. The...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 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

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

Court Of Chancery Enforces Arbitration Clause Despite Designated Arbitrator’s Unavailability

by Morris James LLP on

In re Good Technology Corporation Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 11580-VCL (Oct. 27, 2017) - This decision resolves a unique dilemma: what to do when the contracting parties agree to an arbitration clause designating a...more

Behavioral Advertising Company That Dropped “Zombie” Cookies Can’t Use Verizon’s Arbitration Clause To Avoid Class Action Lawsuit

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a non-party online behavioral advertising firm could not benefit from the arbitration clause in the agreement between Verizon and its customers because it was not a party to that...more

Following Razor-Thin Senate Vote, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fails in Effort to Outlaw Class Action-Killing...

On October 24, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution disapproving the Arbitration Agreements Final Rule (“Rule”) enacted earlier this year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). The Rule sought to prohibit...more

Does/Should Your Company Have An Effective Arbitration Agreement?

by Nossaman LLP on

Whether your company should have an arbitration agreement will depend on a multitude of factors and is something to be carefully evaluated and discussed with counsel to make an informed decision. And, if your company already...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Application Of Arbitration Clause Found In Amazon’s Conditions Of Use

by Carlton Fields on

Applying Washington law, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a California federal court’s ruling that Amazon’s Conditions of Use (COU) created a valid contract between Amazon and its customers, and there was no...more

Court Compels Discovery, Awards Sanctions In Dispute Over Whether Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Applies

by Carlton Fields on

In 2011, Top’s Personnel entered into a reinsurance agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (“AUCRA”), and several years later executed a promissory note (“the Note”) in favor of a related entity,...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

The Supreme Court Hears Argument to Decide Whether Class-Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Are Enforceable

by K&L Gates LLP on

Employers that have class- or collective-action waivers in their employee arbitration agreements (or are contemplating implementing them) need not wait much longer for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether such waivers are...more

Procedural Arbitrability Questions Are For The Arbitrator, Not The Judge, Unlike Substantive Arbitrability Questions

by Carlton Fields on

Allegations of failure to follow the contractually-required dispute resolution procedure raise “procedural questions,” which must be asked of the arbitrator. In contrast, “substantive arbitrability questions,” also referred...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

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