Arbitration is meant to be an alternate to litigation. Yet arbitration is itself the subject of much litigation over who must arbitrate, what must be arbitrated, whether and how the arbitration should proceed, and the deference courts must show to arbitration awards. This blog is intended to be a resource for litigators, in-house counsel, arbitrators and anyone else who wants to stay on top of the many thorny issues that arise under the Federal Arbitration Act. Our Bloggers →

Latest Class Arbitration Posts

Samsung Shut Out Of Arbitration In Recent Consumer Class Actions

By Liz Kramer | March 11 2017

Class Arbitration, Validity of Arbitration Agreement Two federal circuit courts of appeals have recently found that documents Samsung included in boxes with consumer products did not effectively create an arbitration agreement.   In both cases, the documents had titles indicating they related to safety and warranty information, and therefore were ruled insufficient...

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3 Class Actions, 3 Motions to Compel Arbitration, 1 Class Action Survives

By Liz Kramer | February 10 2017

Class Arbitration, Validity of Arbitration Agreement The Ninth, Sixth, and Third Circuits all recently issued decisions about whether putative class or collective actions could proceed despite the existence of arbitration clauses.  In two of those decisions, the courts found the arbitration agreements did not allow for class arbitration and therefore dismissed the...

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Two States Buck FAA Preemption, While Alabama Stays the Course

By Liz Kramer | February 3 2017

Appealing Arbitration Decisions, Class Arbitration, Validity of Arbitration Agreement Three state supreme courts tackled arbitration law in recent weeks: Alabama, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.  Rhode Island reversed a construction arbitration award because it disagreed with the arbitrator's analysis.  North Carolina found that an arbitration agreement in a doctor-patient setting was...

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Kardashians Kept Out of Arbitration (and other recent arbitration news)

By Liz Kramer | January 20 2017

Class Arbitration, Scope of Arbitration Agreement, Validity of Arbitration Agreement, Waiver of Right to Arbitrate Just three weeks into the year and already my pile of arbitration cases is a skyscraper! So, I will cover a lot of ground in this update. First, the headline. Kimberly, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian moved to compel arbitration, although they were not signatories to the arbitration agreement.  Kroma Makeup EU v....

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Futility Trumps Waiver of Arbitration Rights in Third Circuit

By Liz Kramer | September 26 2016

Class Arbitration, Waiver of Right to Arbitrate Echoing a holding already issued by four other circuits, the Third Circuit recently found that a defendant does not waive its right to arbitration by continuing to litigate in court, if the reason it failed to move to compel arbitration is that the motion would have been futile.  Chassen v. Fidelity Nat'l Fin., Inc.,...

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Uber Enforces Arbitration Due To Delegation Clause And Opt Out

By Liz Kramer | September 14 2016

Class Arbitration, Validity of Arbitration Agreement The 9th Circuit's decision to enforce the arbitration agreement in Uber's agreements with drivers made lots of news last week.  And although it includes no new principles of law, it does emphasize some principles that come up regularly in consumer and employment arbitration, so it's worth reviewing the...

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Class Rep Can Opt Out of Arbitration for All (And Other Recent State Court Anomalies)

By Liz Kramer | July 15 2016

Class Arbitration, Litigation vs. Arbitration, Validity of Arbitration Agreement, Waiver of Right to Arbitrate Continuing last week’s theme of “States Gone Wild,” here are three more oddball summer decisions from state supreme courts. All of them find interesting paths around federal case law (IMHO). Georgia Says Class Complaint Is Deemed Arbitration Opt Out For All Class Members In Bickerstaff v. SunTrust Bank,...

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Out On A Limb, 7th Circuit Creates Circuit Split Over Class Arbitration For Employees

By Liz Kramer | June 7 2016

Class Arbitration Of all the federal circuit courts, I was not expecting the 7th Circuit to venture out on a limb to support the NLRB's interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) as precluding class arbitration waivers.  After all, the 7th Circuit gets affirmed more than other circuit courts by SCOTUS, earning it a...

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Hold Onto Your Hats: CFPB Proposed Rules Will Lead to Lots of Class Action Litigation

By Liz Kramer | May 5 2016

Class Arbitration, Year In Review Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed the rules that it previewed last fall, following up on its Arbitration Study. Those rules would essentially ban class action waivers from consumer financial agreements, as well as requiring arbitral institutions to provide data on consumer financial disputes to...

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Fourth Circuit Finds Availability Of Class Arbitration Is Question For Courts, Not Arbitrators

By Liz Kramer | March 30 2016

Class Arbitration Joining the Sixth and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit this week held that "whether an arbitration clause permits class arbitration is a gateway question of arbitrability for the court."  Dell Web Communities, Inc. v. Carlson, 2016 WL 1178829 (4th Cir. Mar. 28, 2016). At issue was whether...

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