This past Friday, by a vote of 225-186, the House passed H.R. 1423, the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act.”  A Senate companion bill (S. 610) was introduced in February 2019 and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  No action has been taken on the Senate bill.

The House bill would amend the Federal

In less than a year, pre-dispute arbitration agreements will be clearly permissible again now that the Department of Education has finalized its proposal to rescind the Obama administration’s “Borrower Defense” rule issued in November 2016 and replace it with “Institutional Accountability Regulations.”  The final regulations are effective July 1, 2020 and apply to loans disbursed

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 Tuesday, I had the great privilege of testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee at its “Arbitration in America” hearing.  As I told the Committee members in my opening remarks, arbitration is a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart. The hearing lasted about two hours and only two Committee members were

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