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United States Supreme Court Agrees to Review Class Action Waiver Cases

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in 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. 16-300, consolidating them for argument. The three cases present the question whether class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements … Continue Reading

Citing Supreme Court’s AmEx Decision, Second Circuit Upholds FLSA Collective Action Waivers

In an eagerly anticipated decision, last Friday the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in Sutherland v. Ernst & Young. Applying the Supreme Court’s recent holding in American Express v. Italian Colors, the Court held that plaintiff Sutherland is obligated to pursue her claims for wage claims against Ernst … Continue Reading

Oxygen Network and Parent NBC Succeed in Compelling Arbitration of Class Wage Claims

With the policy behind arbitration embodied in the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) reinforced by a series of Supreme Court decisions (Stolt-Nielsen (2010); Concepcion (2011) and Greenwood (2012)), employers continue to implement mandatory arbitration programs under the FAA. Among the many reasons to consider implementation of such a program is the utility of a class/collective action waiver … Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit Rejects D.R. Horton and Other Arguments, Upholds Class/Collective Action Waiver Contained in Arbitration Agreement

The issue of the enforceability of an employee’s agreement to arbitrate disputes with his or her employer on solely an individual basis and related waiver of the right to proceed in a representative capacity (i.e., class or collective action basis) continues to wend its way through to the higher courts. Ultimately, this issue likely will need … Continue Reading

Connecticut District Court Upholds Collective Actions Waivers, Orders Individual Arbitrations

While courts continue to issue varied rulings regarding the appropriateness of collective action certification in FLSA litigations, employers continue to attempt to limit exposure to such broad allegations through several mechanisms. One of these strategies is inclusion of class/collective waiver provisions in arbitration, employment or separation agreements. Such provisions bar initiation and participation in class or collective … Continue Reading

Federal Court Upholds Collective Action Waiver in Arbitration Agreement

As the surge of wage and hour collective actions continues, one strategy utilized by employers to avoid such multi-plaintiff litigations is the use of arbitration agreements with class/collective action waivers.  In essence, such provisions mandate that an employee arbitrate any wage and hour and other (subject to certain limitations) disputes on an individual basis.   Arbitration … Continue Reading

Another New York Federal Court Compels Arbitration of Individual Claims

In the Second Circuit, employees generally can waive their right to bring a class or collective action as long as the cost of arbitrating the case on an individual basis is not cost-prohibitive  and does not “remov[e] the plaintiff’s only reasonably feasible means of recovery.”  See In Re American Express Merchants’ Litigation, 554 F.3d 300 … Continue Reading
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