SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Southwest and Viking River
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The Supreme Court heard oral argument this week in the remaining two of four cases involving arbitration it reviewed over the last two weeks.

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Parties to Pending Certiorari Request Challenging California’s PAGA Agree to Hold Up Pending Outcome of Viking River
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

With SCOTUS already set to review an FAA preemption challenge to California’s PAGA, the parties to a similar pending Certiorari Petition have agreed to hold the case in abeyance pending the outcome of the first case.

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SCOTUS Declines to Take Up California’s PAGA – For Now
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The Supreme Court has eschewed for now the opportunity to review whether California’s Private Attorneys General Act is preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act.

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Divided Ninth Circuit Ruling on California AB-51 FAA Preemption is also a Split Decision: Statute is Preempted in Part
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

A split Ninth Circuit has finally ruled on the validity of AB-51, which would restrict predispute arbitration clauses (“PDAA”) in employment relationships.

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Citing SCOTUS Precedent, Vermont Supreme Court Holds FAA Applies and Preempts State Law
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

In a case of first impression, the Vermont Supreme Court in a unanimous 5-0 holding – with two “reluctant” occurrences – finds that: 1) the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) is to be construed broadly as to interstate commerce;

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We Called It! SCOTUS Rules that FAA Preempts Kentucky Rule of Law Impinging on Arbitration Agreements
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The Supreme Court ruled on May 15th that a Kentucky rule of law requiring that a power of attorney specifically authorize agreements to arbitrate was preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”).

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