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Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

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The relevant cases being considered are from the 5th Circuit, which found the arbitration clause did not violate the NLRA, and the 7th and 9th circuits, which found similar clauses unenforceable.

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Just How Broad is That Arbitration Clause in Your Transportation Contract?

Just How Broad is That Arbitration Clause in Your Transportation Contract?

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Holland & Knight’s Transportation Blog covers a case of first impression that presents a reminder to companies to review their arbitration clauses and confirm if they are drafted properly.

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Landmark Second Circuit Ruling Clarifies the Standards for Mobile Contracts

Landmark Second Circuit Ruling Clarifies the Standards for Mobile Contracts

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A recent ruling clarifies the standards for contract formation in the age of smartphones and mobile contracting, providing important guidance to companies about how to design enforceable mobile contracts, reports Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass.

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No Signature? No Problem! Enforcing Arbitration Even Without Everyone Signing

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California courts are often hostile toward defendants that seek to require litigious employees to honor their arbitration agreements, warns Michael Wahlander of Seyfarth Shaw.

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What In-House Counsel Need To Know About Their Form Arbitration Clauses

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Because the arbitration clause in a commercial contract is so critical, careful review of that clause surely must be a component of an enterprise’s risk analysis, according to Mintz Levin’s ADR: Advice From the Trenches blog.

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Has the Era of the Consumer Class Action Waiver Passed?

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As a result of a rule imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, consumer contracts entered into after March 19, 2018, with a wide range of consumer financial services companies will need to be revised in regard to their agreements’ arbitration clauses.

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11th Circuit Holds Arbitrators Have Venue-Setting Authority in International Arbitrations

11th Circuit Holds Arbitrators Have Venue-Setting Authority in  International Arbitrations

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Alston & Bird asks and answers the question: In an international arbitration, when an arbitration provision is ambiguous about the seat of the arbitration, who resolves the question?

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CFPB Hits Back at Efforts to Kill Rule Easing Bank Lawsuits

CFPB Hits Back at Efforts to Kill Rule Easing Bank Lawsuits

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Under the new rule, financial firms are restricted from forcing consumers to resolve their disputes through arbitration, a practice that has been used by the industry for years to keep grievances tied to payday loans, credit cards and other products out of courts, reports Bloomberg.

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Consumer Watchdog Makes It Easier to Sue Banks and Other Companies

Consumer Watchdog Makes It Easier to Sue Banks and Other Companies

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The government’s consumer watchdog has finalized a rule that will make it easier for people to challenge financial companies in court, reports The Washington Post.

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Using Arbitration Agreements to Reduce the Costs of Litigation and the Risk of Class Action Claims

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The Foley article explains how arbitration works, what type of arbitration agreements are generally enforceable, what features that have or can cause problems, and how such provisions can reduce the risk of class actions.

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Insight on Waiving Contractual Right to Arbitration

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on factors a court should consider when determining whether a party has waived a contractual right to arbitration, the firm reports on its website.

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Arbitration Clauses Extending to Non-Signatory Affiliates: Are They Enforceable?

Arbitration Clauses Extending to Non-Signatory Affiliates: Are They Enforceable?

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A recent decision of the New Jersey Appellate Division considered the enforceability of arbitration agreements by non-signatories, writes Marissa Tillem in Proskauer Rose’s Minding Your Business blog.

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Is ‘Class Arbitration’ an Oxymoron?

Is ‘Class Arbitration’ an Oxymoron?

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“Class arbitration” — the utilization of a class action mechanism in an arbitration proceeding — is considered by some to be the unicorn of ADR; desirable but elusive, writes Gilbert Samberg on Mintz Levin’s blog, ADR: Advice from the Trenches.

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Clear Arbitration Provision Deemed Enforceable

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In his Petes’ Take blog for Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Peter J. Gallagher describes a New Jersey case in which a court ruled that a clear arbitration provision, negotiated by a sophisticated party while represented by counsel, is enforceable.

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Health Law: Is Your Arbitration Agreement Enforceable?

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A recent decision of the Arizona Court of Appeals provides guidance for evaluation of the enforceability of arbitration agreements in the health care field, reports Snell & Wilmer in its Health Law Checkup blog.

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Court: Arbitration Agreement Included In Product Manual Is Unenforceable

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A recent ruling in a federal count stated that a contractual term, like an arbitration clause, is binding only when the terms are reasonably conspicuous, rather than in a manner that de-emphasizes its provisions.

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11th Circuit: Arbitration Clauses Are Like Makeup – They Only Cover So Much

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The arbitration clause which the non-party to the agreement is seeking to enforce is explicitly limited to disputes between the parties, the court found.

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Navigating Construction Disputes, From Mediation to Litigation

Navigating Construction Disputes, From Mediation to Litigation

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All parties involved with a construction contract need to explore which dispute resolution option is right for them and the project, and also ensure their contract terms are as clear as possible to avoid potential problems down the road, writes Kim Slowey in Construction Dive.

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Don’t Bury Arbitration in Your Employee Handbook

Don’t Bury Arbitration in Your Employee Handbook

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Getting an arbitration clause to stick isn’t always easy, but the effort can be worth it if it avoids just one drawn-out, expensive lawsuit, advises Business Management Daily.

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It Can Be Challenging to Enforce an Arbitration Provision in an Expired Contract

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The case highlights the reality that provisions that are contained in written agreements will not necessarily survive expiration of the agreement simply because the relationship between the parties continues, reports Erin Palmer Polly for Butler Snow.

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