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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

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

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Enforce Your Arbitration Agreement Or Waive Your Right To Arbitrate Your Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Earlier this month, a federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that it waived its right to arbitration by engaging in litigation....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

“Pink Slime” Lawsuit Spins Off into Insurance Dispute

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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

FRANCHISOR 101: Arbitr-“all”

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A federal court in New Jersey granted a franchisor's motion to compel arbitration of disputes involving seven frozen yogurt franchises, even though the claims were subject to different arbitration provisions in different...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

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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

Fifth Circuit Finds Order Not “Final” For Purposes Of Appellate Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that an order compelling arbitration and staying a related action was not an appealable “final decision with respect to arbitration” under the Federal Arbitration Act...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

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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

Bankruptcy Court Grants MF Global Holdings’ Motion To Reconsider Decision To Compel Arbitration In Bermuda, But Reaches Same...

by Carlton Fields on

On September 6, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued the latest order in the ongoing coverage battle between MF Global Holdings (“MF Global”) and Allied World Assurance Company regarding the...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

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Court's Decision to Stay Proceedings Involving Non-Arbitrable Claims Pending the Outcome of an Arbitration

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case involving claims against one defendant that are arbitrable and claims against a second defendant that are not. Exercising its discretion, the court stayed the...more

Federal Court Looks To Petition To Compel Arbitration, Not The Facts Of The Underlying Litigation, To Determine Whether It Has...

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has upheld an order granting a petition by Hermès of Paris to compel arbitration after Matthew Swain, a former employee, sued Hermès and a coworker in state court for alleged violations of state...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

Key California Employment Law Cases: August 2017

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Arbitration - Sprunk v. Prisma LLC, No. B268755, 2017 WL 3614265 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 23, 2017) - Summary: Employer waived right to compel arbitration against class members by not timely pursuing arbitration. ...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

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Lawsuit Dismissal on Res Judicata Grounds

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a lawsuit involving a former broker of Wells Fargo who sued the firm in state court for fraud and personal injury when the company initiated a foreclosure action...more

Federal District Court in South Dakota Compels Arbitration Despite Defendant’s Failure to First Submit the Dispute to the Project...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Dlorah, Inc. v. KLE Constr., LLC, No. CIV. 16-5102-JLV, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11043 (D.S.D. July 17, 2017) - Plaintiff, Dlorah, Inc. (“Dlorah”), filed suit against defendant, KLE Construction, LLC (“KLE”), in connection...more

Fourth Circuit Reverses Ruling That Reinsurance Agreement Is An “Insurance Contract” Under Virginia Law

by Carlton Fields on

Applying the doctrine of judicial estoppel, a district court refused to compel arbitration finding that the arbitration clause in a reinsurance agreement was unenforceable under a Virginia statute that voided a mandatory...more

California Defendants Beware: Failing to Compel Arbitration Against Named Plaintiff Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences

California defendants in class actions should be wary of seeking a strategic advantage by litigating before seeking to compel arbitration. The Court of Appeal held recently in Sprunk v. Prisma LLC that a defendant in class...more

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