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Some Interesting Questions Raised by the Pyett Decision

April 7th, 2009 Arbitrability, Authority of Arbitrators, Legislative Developments, United States Supreme Court 4 Comments »

On April 4 we reported on 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett, ___ U.S. ___ (2009) (Thomas, J.) (available here), as did many others last week.  Professor Sarah Cole of the ADR Prof Blog  published a thoughtful and well-written piece on Pyett (available here), which raised some interesting questions.   For example, Professor Cole observed that “if the Arbitration Fairness Act passes, it would not surprise me to see a subsequent effort to overturn the Pyett decision.”   As discussed in a series of posts we are publishing on the Fairness Act (Part I available here), the Act would render arbitration agreements falling within the scope of the FAA invalid and unenforceable to the extent they require predispute arbitration of consumer, employment, franchise and statutory civil rights disputes.  Continue Reading »

14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett: A Step Toward Bringing Federal Labor Law Arbitrability Rules in Line With Their FAA Counterparts?

April 4th, 2009 Arbitrability, Authority of Arbitrators, United States Supreme Court 2 Comments »

On April 1 the United States Supreme Court decided 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett, ___ U.S. ___ (2009) (Thomas, J.), an interesting case that highlights some of the differences between labor arbitration governed by the National  Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) and arbitration governed by the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq. (the “FAA”).  The question before the Court was whether “a collective bargaining agreement that clearly and unmistakably requires union members to arbitrate [Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”)] claims is enforceable as a matter of federal law.”  Slip op. at 25.  Reversing the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Court said “yes.”  See slip op. at 25.   Continue Reading »