California Court Defines “Dispute” in EFASASHA
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

A California appellate court rules that the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (“Act” or “EFASASHA”) can be applied retroactively,

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House Bill Introduced to Limit PDAA Use for Servicemembers
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

A bill has been introduced in the House to curb predispute arbitration agreement (“PDAA”) use in a range of transactions involving servicemembers.

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EFASASHA Didn’t Invalidate Employment PDAA, But Unconscionability Did
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Because the employee’s sexual harassment lawsuit predated the March 2022 effectiveness of the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (“EFASASHA”),

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CA’s Arbitration Statute on Unpaid Arbitration Fees Does Not Require a Finding from the Arbitrator and Applies to Voluntary Arbitration Agreements
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The California statute allowing a consumer to evade an arbitration agreement if a business does not pay its share of arbitration fees does not require an affirmative finding from an arbitrator and applies to voluntary arbitration agreements.

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Back to Civics 101 on the Life Span of Bills in Congress
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

We have covered in the Alert the status of several arbitration-related bills in Congress.

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President Biden Signs Speak Out Act. Bars Enforcement of Predispute Nondisclosure or Nondisparagement Clauses in Sexual Assault or Harassment Disputes
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The President has signed into law a new statute barring enforcement of predispute nondisclosure or nondisparagement clauses in disputes involving sexual assault or harassment.

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