Today, the CFPB issued a statement indicating that they are going to propose a rule that would prohibit the financial services industry (banks, credit card issuers etc.) from including class action waiver provisions in pre-dispute arbitration agreements that they require consumers to sign as a condition of doing business with the financial services provider. In … Continue reading CFPB to Propose Rule Banning Enforcement of Class Action Waivers in Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in the Financial Services Industry
I just learned that Gary Spitko’s latest article, “Federal Arbitration Act Preemption of State Public-Policy-Based Employment Arbitration Doctrine: An Autopsy and an Argument for Federal Agency Oversight,” has just been published in volume 20 of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. The article (abstract below) explores the relationship between federal preemption in arbitration and the ability … Continue reading Interesting New Article on FAA Preemption By Gary Spitko
In her post this week, Jean Sternlight argues that the logic of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Wellness Int’l Network v. Sharif casts doubt on the constitutionality of private mandatory arbitration, at least as applied to consumers and employees. She challenges the insistence by the Court’s pro-arbitration Justices that arbitration does not implicate constitutional rights ecause arbitrators … Continue reading Another View of the Arbitration Cathedral–Further Thoughts on Sharif
You are cordially invited to this program at the ABA conference in Seattle, which will take place on Friday, April 17, from 3-4:15, in the Orcas Room. My partners in crime for this caper are Alyson Carrel, Jim Coben, and Noam Ebner. Here’s the idea for our program – How many times have you heard … Continue reading Everything You Know about Dispute Resolution is Wrong – Can You Handle the Truth?
As you may have seen on the DRLE listserv, Jean Sternlight (UNLV) will receive this year’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference next month. UNLV has named Hal Abramson (Touro) and Lisa Blomgren Amsler (Indiana School of Public and Environmental Affairs) as its first Saltman Senior Scholars. Last … Continue reading Awards and Recognitions
Jen wrote a comment about my post that built on Prof. Vincent Cardi’s new article, “Litigation as Violence,” describing some effects of “violence” even from non-physical acts. She wrote: We in ADR should not undervalue, when analyzing the dispute resolution landscape, the regulatory function of litigation in the United States. A business executive may feel … Continue reading Minimizing Unnecessary Violence in Litigation and Other Dispute Resolution Processes
The Washington University School of Law Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program (that’s a mouthful) is sponsoring a symposium on international dispute resolution on Friday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 am until noon. The symposium includes panels entitled “International Arbitration and the Cross-Border Deal” and “Mediating International Disputes – An … Continue reading International Dispute Resolution Symposium at Washington University
Does ADR include trials? I know, I know. This sounds like another one of my dumb questions. Although I have a pretty broad conception of DR, my initial reaction was that trial is one of the few procedures I would exclude from DR. As described below, on reflection, I probably would include trials. More importantly, … Continue reading What is (A)DR About?