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 →

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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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10th Circuit Resolves One Arbitrability Circuit Split, But Creates Another

By Liz Kramer | January 26 2017

Scope of Arbitration Agreement, Validity of Arbitration Agreement If you are a party that wants courts to rigidly enforce delegation clauses – sending questions about even the validity of the agreement to arbitration – then you will appreciate a new decision from the Tenth Circuit. In Belnap v. Iasis Healthcare, __ F.3d __, 2017 WL 56277 (10th Cir. Jan. 5, 2017), the court...

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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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2016 in Arbitration Law: Fleeting Victories for Consumer Advocates?

By Liz Kramer | January 4 2017

Year In Review If I had drafted this annual summary post on November 7, 2016, it would have looked different. At that point, the year had produced numerous (final or proposed) federal regulations that significantly restricted the use of arbitration with consumers in large industries.  In addition, Justice Scalia's death, along with...

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Nebraska Real Estate And Nebraska Borrowers, But Federal Arbitration Act Applies

By Liz Kramer | December 17 2016

Validity of Arbitration Agreement In a fight over whether a single lending transaction involved interstate commerce, the Supreme Court of Nebraska found the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applied and preempted its state arbitration act.  Wilczewski v. Charter West Nat'l Bank, __ N.W.2d__ (Neb. Dec. 9, 2016). The case involved buyers who purchased a...

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Fuzzy Math? 6 Differing Arbitration Agreements = 0 Arbitration Agreement

By Liz Kramer | December 4 2016

Validity of Arbitration Agreement If you ever wanted an "Exhibit A" for how drafting arbitration agreement(s) could go very, very wrong, the Tenth Circuit has just provided it. In Ragab v. Howard, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 6832870 (10th Nov. 21, 2016), a majority of the panel concluded that because the parties had six differing arbitration agreements, they...

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ArbitrationNation Marks 5th Year On ABA’s Blawg 100 List

By Liz Kramer | November 29 2016

Year In Review Editors of the ABA Journal  have selected ArbitrationNation as one of the top 100 best "blawgs" for a legal audience.  This marks the fifth consecutive year that this blog has made the cut.  (See the full list here.)  It remains the only arbitration blog on the list. Thank you to everyone who nominated...

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8th Circuit Expands Arbitral Immunity Doctrine

By Liz Kramer | November 23 2016

Appealing Arbitration Decisions, Arbitration Rules/Procedures A per curiam opinion from the 8th Circuit last week highlights that even if an arbitration goes off the rails, the only remedy is vacating (or confirming) the award.  The parties cannot recover from the administrator of the arbitration. In Owens v. American Arbitration Association, Inc., 2016 WL 6818858 (8th Cir....

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After Five Years In Court, West Virginia Finds Plaintiff Did Not Waive Right To Arbitrate

By Liz Kramer | November 20 2016

Waiver of Right to Arbitrate The highest state court in West Virginia just found that a credit card company did not waive its right to arbitrate, despite initially choosing a court forum and waiting almost five years to raise its right to arbitrate.  That is a somewhat surprising decision from a court that has been repeatedly willing to buck...

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