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New York Appeals Court Rejects Enforceability of Class Action Waivers – But Is This Ruling Short-Lived?

In an issue of first impression in the state of New York, last week the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (the state’s intermediate appellate court) weighed in on the enforceability of arbitration provisions that preclude employees from pursuing claims on a class, collective or representative basis. The appeals court concluded that such provisions are … Continue Reading

Department of Justice Changes Stance on Class Action Waivers in Favor of Employers

In a fascinating turn of events, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) switched sides in a critical pending Supreme Court case last Friday. The three consolidated cases—National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No. … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report Summer 2016 Now Available

Below is a link to the latest issue of the Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report.  This report is published on a quarterly basis by our firm’s class action practice group in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer.  We hope you will find this issue to be informative and insightful.  Using our considerable experience in defending hundreds of … Continue Reading

More Lessons in Class and Collective Actions From Lyft

There’s been a lot of buzz in the past few weeks surrounding Lyft’s proposed class action settlement in Lyft v. Cotter, NDCA Case No. 13-cv-04064-VC. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Lyft will, among other things, (1) pay putative class members $12.25 million; (2) replace its current at-will termination provision with one that allows … Continue Reading

Will Plaintiff Housing Victory Help Employers?

Today, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court made clear that disparate impact discrimination claims are cognizable under the Federal Housing Act (“FHA”) despite the lack of explicit language authorizing such a cause of action. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. (here is a link to the decision). In … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis California Employment Class Action Summit, Feb. 26, 2014, The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

On February 26, 2014, Jackson Lewis will host its California Employment Class Action Summit at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, CA.  Experienced Jackson Lewis class action litigators will present on a variety of topics including: Developing the Initial Defense Strategy Reviewing the Complaint Early Strategic Considerations Key Strategies in Defeating Class & Collective Certification in Employment Litigation Viability and … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Reverses NLRB Ruling in D.R. Horton

In reversing the NLRB’s determination that D.R. Horton, the national home-builder, violated the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) by requiring employees to sign an arbitration agreement that prohibited them from pursuing claims in class or collective actions, the Fifth Circuit held that “the Board’s decision did not give proper weight to the Federal Arbitration Act,” which encourages the speedy resolution of claims … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Class Action Summit 2013 in NYC

On November 8, 2013, Jackson Lewis held its Employment Class Action Summit: Key Strategies for Defending Class Actions at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.  The purpose of the event was to inform attendees of the significant trends in employment class action litigation and offer key pre- and post-litigation defense strategies.  Experienced Jackson Lewis class action litigators … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Upholds FLSA Collective Action Waivers

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its much-anticipated decisions in Sutherland v. Ernst & Young and Raniere v. Citigroup Inc. affirming the use of Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action waivers contained in arbitration agreements. For an excellent summary of the Second Circuit rulings, visit Jackson Lewis’ Wage and Hour … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Re-Affirms Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements; Rejects Effective-Vindication Rule

Again applying the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) to uphold agreements requiring parties to arbitrate their disputes rather than litigate them in court, the U.S Supreme Court has held that the FAA prohibits courts from invalidating a contractual waiver of class arbitration because the cost of arbitrating a federal statutory claim individually exceeds the potential recovery, even if the effect of enforcing … Continue Reading

Arbitrator’s Interpretation of a Contract Permitting Class Arbitration Does Not Run Afoul of the FAA

The U.S. Supreme Court, with Justice Elena Kagan writing for an unanimous Court, ruled that an arbitrator did not exceed his powers under § 10(a)(4) of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) when he allowed for class arbitration based upon an interpretation of the broad contractual language in an arbitration agreement.  Oxford Health Plan LLC v. Sutter (U.S., Jun. 10, 2013). Here’s an … Continue Reading
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