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HTMLFourth Circuit Affirms Lower Court’s Dismissal of Complaint to Permit Arbitration on Grounds of Equitable Estoppel
Jhanelle A. Graham; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
In Keanna Lomax v. Weinstock, Friedman & Friedman, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit was asked to determine whether the district court erred in dismissing, without prejudice, Plaintiff Keanna Lomax’s amended complaint to permit arbitration. Lomax’s complaint...

 

HTMLNew LCIA Rules come into force on 1 October 2014
Deliya Meylanova, Eleni Polycarpou; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014
In July the LCIA adopted the final version of the new LCIA Rules which come into force on 1 October 2014. This is welcome modernisation of those rules which have been in place since 1998, and arriving hot on the heels of new rules having been adopted by a number of other institutions in the last 2...

 

HTMLCanada’s Highest Court Affords Substantial Deference to Arbitral Process
Debbie Asirvatham, Craig Chiasson; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 15, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014
In Sattva Capital Corp v Creston Moly Corp (2014 SCC 53) the Supreme Court, in the context of a challenge to a domestic arbitral award, has reaffirmed Canada’s longstanding pro-arbitration stance.

 

HTMLToo Late to Compel Arbitration? Think Again!
Yonaton Aronoff; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 12, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014
In recent years, more and more employers are considering requiring employees to bring any claims arising out of the employment relationship in a private forum such as an arbitration. The American Arbitration Association provides a helpful guideline for drafting mandatory dispute resolution...

 

HTMLSecond Circuit Defines “Customer” for Mandatory FINRA Arbitration
Manuel F. Gomez, Jeff Kern; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014
In a case of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. v. Abbar, No. 13-2172, 2014 WL 3765867 (2d Cir. Aug. 1, 2014), established a bright-line definition of “customer” under FINRA’s mandatory arbitration...

 

HTMLCalifornia Court Determines Arbitrator Must Decide Whether Class Claims Are Subject to Arbitration Agreement
Christopher W. Olmsted; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 4, 2014, previously published on September 2, 2014
When an employee who has signed an arbitration agreement files a lawsuit alleging individual claims along with class action claims, and the trial court has ordered him to take his individual claims to arbitration, what happens to the class claims? A California appellate court recently addressed...

 

HTMLNew AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules Go Into Effect September 1
Michael L. Mallow, Christine M. Reilly; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 2014
The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has released a set of stand-alone rules that apply to arbitrations involving consumer disputes. The rules go into effect September 1, 2014. To date, the AAA has been administering consumer arbitrations under its Consumer-Related Disputes Supplementary...

 

HTMLCalifornia Court Interprets Vague Language in Arbitration Agreement in Favor of Employee
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014
Rebolledo v. Tilly’s Inc., No. G048625 (July 8, 2014): In a recent decision, a California Court of Appeal held that an employer cannot compel arbitration of a wage claim when the language in the parties’ arbitration agreement excluded wage and hour claims. The court held that a...

 

HTMLAAA Launches New Consumer Arbitration Rules on Sept. 1, 2014
J. Warren Rissier, Nicolette L. Young; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014
The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) is launching its new Consumer Arbitration Rules (“Consumer Rules”), effective Sept. 1, 2014. This is the AAA’s first stand-alone set of rules developed specifically for consumer arbitration. The new Consumer Rules will...

 

HTMLIs a FLSA Collective Action Waiver by Itself in a Severance Agreement Enforceable? Sixth Circuit Says “No.”
Brandon T. Willenberg; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 26, 2014
Employers have recently enjoyed some victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and in the California Supreme Court regarding the use of class/collective action waivers in employment arbitration agreements (e.g. Italian Colors and Iskanian). Class/collective action waivers in arbitration agreements...

 


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