Topic Archives: Arbitration

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July 16, 2019ADA, Arbitration, Class Action, FAA

Blair v. Rent-A-Center, Inc.: California’s McGill Rule Not Preempted by the FAA

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of Rent-A-Center, Inc.’s motion to compel arbitration in a putative class action challenging the company’s structuring of its rent-to-own pricing. We discuss the court’s recent decision and how its preemption analysis means that the California Supreme Court’s ruling in McGill v. Citibank will continue to impact the enforceability of ...›

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April 26, 2019Arbitration

Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela : The Supreme Court Clarifies that Clear Consent is Necessary for Class Arbitration

The Supreme Court’s decision in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela made it clear that an arbitration agreement must explicitly contemplate and provide for class arbitration, building on a line of pro-arbitration rulings from the Supreme Court over the past decade, including American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, Stolt-Nielsen, S.A. v. Animal Feeds Int’l Corp., and AT&T Mobility LLC v. ...›

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Leave Arbitration to the Arbitrator: No “Wholly Groundless” Exception Where Contract Delegates Arbitrability Determination to the Arbitrator

The United States Supreme Court continued the pro-arbitration trend in its jurisprudence, as well as its strict construction of the Federal Arbitration Act, in its unanimous decision in Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer & White Sales, Inc., No. 17-1272, 2019 WL 122164 (U.S. Jan. 8, 2019).  Resolving a division in the Circuits on the issue, ...›