The Impact of COVID-19 on Arbitration

COVID-19 has already impacted almost every industry. Many in-person communications are moving online via teleconferencing and videos. The economic markets in nearly every country are being enormously affected, supply chains have been halted, and many employees can no longer go to work to manufacture products. These major changes to the world economy will no doubt…

AAA Ruling: Taking a Hard Line on Doping Infractions

Performance enhancing drugs have had a persistent place in sports for decades, and their utility has only increased as athletic achievements have been monetized.  From Maradona and Armstrong to countless other athletes, long term health has taken a back seat to the glory of winning and the money that comes along with it.  This storyline…

The Power of the FAA after Lamps Plus

This past spring 2019, the Supreme Court brought a new interpretation to the field of U.S. arbitration. A challenge for workers but a gift for employers, Lamps Plus v. Varela has more loosely applied the waiver of class action arbitration in the Federal Arbitration Act. The FAA was enacted in 1925 to relieve pressure on…

The FAIR Act: Bringing Consent Back to Arbitration

The House of Representatives passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (“The FAIR Act”) on September 20, 2019, and the legislation has been introduced into the Senate.  The FAIR Act’s purpose is to “prohibit pre-dispute arbitration agreements that force arbitration of future employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights disputes.”  This opens up judicial system access…