Co-authored by Alex S. Drummond and Brandon L. Spurlock

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year in Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds Int’l Corp., 130 S. Ct. 1758 (2010), the use of arbitration agreements to resolve employment disputes has been hotly debated, both in federal courts and elsewhere. A federal district court in Virginia – in Bennett et al.

Continue Reading Court Finds That Arbitration Agreement Does Not Violate The OWBPA And Is Not A Contract Of Adhesion

Co-authored by Alex S. Drummond and Brandon L. Spurlock

While the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year in Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds Int’l Corp., 130 S. Ct. 1758 (2010), constituted a “game-changer” in the field of class arbitration, the scope and breadth of this ruling continues to be a hotly debated topic in class action litigation. 

In 2009, the

Continue Reading Second Circuit Holds That Stolt-Nielsen Does Block A Class Action Based On An Arbitration Agreement Waiver

Co-authored by Brandon L. Spurlock and Alex S. Drummond

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year in Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds Int’l Corp., 130 S. Ct. 1758 (2010), the battle lines are being drawn in federal courts over the extent to which employers can use workplace arbitration agreements to stay out of court proceedings and/or class actions.

Sutherland

Continue Reading The On-Going Judicial Debate Over Class Arbitration Of Employment Claims

Co-authored by Rebecca Bjork and Brandon L. Spurlock

The Federal Judicial Center recently released new recommended class action notice forms – including a notice checklist and a plain language guide – to help attorneys and judges create more effective notices and notice plans for Rule 23 certification orders.  View Notice Checklist and Plain Language Guide.

The checklist provides overall guidance

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