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Motion to Compel Arbitration Agreements

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

A PAGA Case Cannot Stand Without Standing: Court Of Appeal Affirms Trial Court’s Dismissal Of PAGA Action After The Plaintiff...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Kim v. Reins International California, Inc. (B278642, Cal. Ct. App., December 29, 2017), the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District addressed for the first time the question of whether an employee-plaintiff, who...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

Court Finds Confidentiality Provision In Arbitration Agreement Unconscionable, Compels Consumer Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit has determined that a confidentiality provision in an arbitration clause was substantively unconscionable. The case involved a putative class action by David Johnson alleging that KeyBank National...more

Court Enforces Exclusion of Products Claims From Intercompany Arbitration Agreement

In State Farm General Insurance Co. v. Watts Regulator Co. (No. B271236, filed 11/30/17), a California appeals court held that a manufacturer could not compel intercompany arbitration of an insurer’s subrogation claim,...more

Segway Competitor Rolls Away from Former CEO’s Attempt to Force Arbitration

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

A party seeking to enforce a contract has to show mutual assent, also referred to as “a meeting of the minds.” In other words, both parties actually have to agree on the same thing. If the parties don’t agree, then a contract...more

Federal Circuit Review - October 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing in Mentor Graphics v. EVE-USA - In Mentor Graphics Corp. v. Eve-USA, Inc., Appeal Nos. 2015-1470, 2015-1554, 2015-1556, the Federal Circuit denied Synopsys’ and EVE’s petition for...more

Arbitration Provision TKOs Class Action Lawsuit by Online Viewer of Mayweather/McGregor Fight

Boxing fan Victor Mallh, attempting to take a class action swing at Showtime Networks for failures in its livestream broadcast of the Mayweather/McGregor fight in August of this year, will have to pursue his claim in...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

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

TN Trust Code Authorizes Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreement: Not Per Se Breach of Duty, but May Not Bind Non-Signatory Beneficiary

by Burr & Forman on

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently held that Tennessee’s Trust Code and broad trust-instruments authorize a Trustee’s execution of a pre-dispute arbitration clause. That isn’t a per se breach of fiduciary duty, but the...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

Second Circuit Enforces Arbitration Agreement In Favor Or Non-Party Whose Agent Entered Into That Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has affirmed an order compelling a plaintiff-employee to arbitrate his employment related claims against Carnival Cruise Lines, despite the fact that the one page employment agreement that he signed did not...more

Non-Signatories Succeed In Compelling Arbitration In State Courts

The high courts of two states have allowed non-signatories to compel arbitration in recent weeks. The cases show courts are addressing non-signatory issues using different standards and raise important drafting issues for...more

Document Discovery From Non-Parties in Commercial Arbitration: Availability and Practical Considerations

Litigators in the U.S. often take for granted the ease with which they can obtain discovery from non-parties in our federal and state courts. One might assume that the “presumption in favor of arbitrability” embodied in the...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

Ninth Circuit Denies Arbitration in a False Claims Act Case

On September 11, 2017, the Ninth Circuit in US and State of Nevada ex rel. Welch v. My Left Foot Children’s Therapy, LLC, upheld the denial of the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration in a False Claims Act (FCA) relator...more

Third Parties Fail To Force Arbitration in Three Circuits

The “Summer of Arbitration” draws to a close today, if you can believe it. (On the first day of fall, it is supposed to be 91 degrees in Minnesota. Yikes.) But before I close that chapter, let’s take a look at a theme that...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In Allied v. OSMI, the Circuit affirms dismissal of a declaratory judgment action even though Allied’s Mexican distributors had been sued in Mexico on a corresponding Mexican patent. In a first Waymo v. Uber case, the panel...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Unconscionability Claims in Arbitration Clause

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which a plaintiff filed a breach of fiduciary duty claim in federal court and opposed defendants' efforts to move the claims to arbitration. The plaintiff claimed...more

Gig Employers, Arbitration Agreements, and the Power of the “Click”

by Fisher Phillips on

How important is your businesses’ terms of service (TOS) agreement, usually presented to users of your business model through a process requiring them to click “I agree” before they can access your platform? A recent case...more

Procedural Provision Of FAA Inapplicable In California State Court Action When Arbitration Agreement Is Silent On Choice Of Law Or...

by Carlton Fields on

A California appellate court has upheld an order denying a motion to compel arbitration due to the possibility of conflicting rules, finding that, when a contract is silent on choice of law, California procedural rules, not...more

Uber Customer Arbitration Agreement Enforceable Under California Law, Says Second Circuit

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has found that Spencer Meyer, a customer of Uber, was provided “reasonably conspicuous” notice of Uber’s Terms of Service to which he “unambiguously manifested assent” when he created an Uber account, such...more

Second Circuit Upholds Uber’s Mobile Contracting Process, Establishing Template for Mobile Online Contracting

In recent years, courts have issued varying rulings as to whether online or mobile users adequately consented to user agreements or terms of service when completing an online purchase or registering for a service. In each...more

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