arbitration agreements

On June 21, 2018, XpertHR featured Gerald (Jerry) L. Maatman, Jr. of Seyfarth Shaw LLP as a special guest commentator on its popular podcast series for human resources professionals. In this episode, Jerry provides a comprehensive overview of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Lewis v. Epic Systems Corp., and the decision’s implications for employers.

In a closely contested 5-4


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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Seyfarth Synopsis: On April 30, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Lamps Plus Inc. v. Varela, No. 17-988. This matter, which involves the interpretation of workplace arbitration agreements, has the potential to significantly impact class action litigation. In today’s video, Partner Jerry Maatman of Seyfarth Shaw explains the legal framework
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Seyfarth Synopsis: A somewhat bizarre event – even by this year’s standard of unusual current events – hit the news stream earlier this week, as two “Acting Directors” showed up to work on Monday morning at the U.S. Government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, also known as the CFPB. In today’s vlog, Partner Jerry Maatman of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP gives our
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By Christopher Cascino

On December 23, 2014, in Ruiz v. Moss Brothers Auto Group, Inc., 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 1176 (Cal. App. Ct. 4th Dist. Dec. 23, 2014), the California Appellate Court joined a number of other state and federal courts in holding that employers need to provide strict proof that electronically signed employment arbitration agreements were, in fact, signed
Continue Reading Are Usernames And Passwords Enough To Prove Electronic Signatures On Employment Arbitration Agreements Are Valid? According To A Recent California Appellate Court Decision, The Answer Is “No.”

By Courtney Bohl and Laura Maechtlen

On June 25, 2014, in Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc., Case No. B244412 (Cal. App. Ct. June 25, 2014), the California Court Of Appeal for the Second Appellate District reversed a trial court’s order dismissing class claims with prejudice, holding that whether the parties agreed to class arbitration was an issue that should
Continue Reading California Appellate Court Holds Arbitrators, Not Courts, Must Decide Whether Arbitration Agreement Prohibits Class Arbitration When Agreement Silent On Issue

By Lorie Almon, Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., and Ian Morrison

Back by popular demand, our Annual Workplace Class Action Report Webinar is on Tuesday, February 11, 2013. Click here to register and attend.

In the past two years we have seen a combination of Supreme Court decisions help create a defensive barrier for employers in class action cases.
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By David Baffa, John Collins, and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Recently, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business published our article “Guidance for Employers Considering Mandatory Arbitration Agreements with Class and Collective Action Waivers” in its Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 3 Winter 2013

In the article, we discuss how the Supreme Court’s rulings in American Express
Continue Reading Considering Mandatory Arbitration Agreements With Class And Collective Action Waivers? Here’s A Primer

supreme-court-seal.pngBy  Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Jennifer A. Riley

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, No. 12-133, 570 U.S. ___ (2013). The Supreme Court reversed the Second Circuit’s prior decision and held that merchants must arbitrate their antitrust claims on an individual, bilateral basis, even though the


Continue Reading Supreme Court Upholds Enforceability Of Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

supreme-court-seal.pngBy Rebecca Bjork, Dan Blouin, and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

This morning the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, No. 12-133 (U.S.), on whether an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver can be void on the ground that a litigant has shown that it would


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1st_Circuit_seal.pngBy Lynn Kappelman and Anthony Califano

In Awuah, et al. v. Coverall North America, Inc., No. 12-1301 (1st Cir. Dec. 27, 2012), the First Circuit reversed a district court’s ruling and ordered arbitration of workplace disputes for certain franchisees even though they had not signed, received, or reviewed an arbitration agreement. The First Circuit found that the district court had


Continue Reading First Circuit Rejects Heightened Notice Requirements And Enforces Workplace Arbitration Clause