We recently posted a discussion concerning the petitions for rehearing filed in the Blair v. Rent-A-Center appeals pending in the Ninth Circuit which raise the issue of whether the Federal Arbitration Act preempts California’s McGill Rule. The McGill Rule derives from the California Supreme Court’s ruling in McGill v. Citibank, N.A. that an arbitration agreement

Last week, we published a Legal Alert discussing the petitions for rehearing filed in the Blair v. Rent-A-Center appeals which ask the Ninth Circuit en banc to overturn a panel decision holding that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not preempt California’s “McGill Rule.” The McGill Rule derives from the California Supreme Court’s ruling

A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing titled “Justice Denied: Forced Arbitration and the Erosion of our Legal System.” This hearing, which followed an April 2 hearing at which Alan Kaplinsky testified on “Arbitration in America” before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was held in conjunction with several legislative

In this podcast, we discuss significant consumer arbitration developments since Congress’ Oct. 2017 override of the CFPB’s arbitration rule, including the prospects of proposed federal legislation, litigation developments, and how arbitration agreements can be revised to address risks created by those developments. We also review best practices for drafting consumer arbitration agreements and hear from

On April 2, Alan Kaplinsky, who leads our Consumer Financial Services Group, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at its “Arbitration in America” hearing.

Subsequent to the hearing, Alan received a letter from Committee members Grassley and Kennedy asking several follow up questions.  On April 23, Alan sent a letter to Committee Chair Lindsey Graham

Last month, the Department of Education issued guidance on implementation of its “borrower defense” final rule that was issued in November 2016 and the subject of litigation that resulted in an October 2018 federal district court ruling requiring the Department to implement the rule.

Among the final rule’s provisions is a ban on all predispute

Alan Kaplinsky, who leads our Consumer Financial Services Group, has been invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, April 2.

Alan will be joined by other legal and industry thought leaders in offering testimony for the Committee’s “Arbitration in America” hearing.  The hearing, the Committee’s first on the topic since 2013, is expected

Democratic lawmakers have introduced several new bills to prohibit the use of mandatory arbitration provisions, ranging from bills that broadly target consumer transactions to bills that target schools that receive Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA).

A bill introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown, the Senate Banking Committee’s ranking member, would amend the

According to a report issued earlier this month, the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission is considering the adoption of the “Model State Consumer and Employee Justice Enforcement Act” developed several years ago by the National Consumer Law Center.

The Model Act proposes a number of “state interventions” aimed at preventing the alleged harms caused