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“Gateway” Issue Delegation to an Arbitrator is Enforceable, Without Qualifications; Circuit Split Noted

The Eleventh Circuit enforced an employment-related arbitration agreement’s provision delegating to the arbitrator “gateway” questions of arbitrability in Jones v. Waffle House, Inc., 2017 WL 3381100 (11th Cir. Aug. 7, 2017).  The opinion, written by Judge Marcus and joined by Judge Hull and Judge Clevenger visiting from the Federal Circuit, also rejects the notion, adopted by the...

Court Rules Question of Arbitral Venue Presumptively for Arbitrator to Decide

In an international arbitration dispute between an Israeli company (“Profimex”) and an American business (“OAD”) incorporated in the state of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit ruled this week “that questions of arbitral venue, even those arising in international arbitration, are presumptively for the arbitrator to decide.” Bamberger Rosenheim, Ltd., (Israel) (“Profimex”) v. OA Development,...

Failure of Proof of Online Consumer Arbitration Agreement

Does an arbitration agreement included in a credit cardholder agreement cover claims made under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act arising from collection of resulting credit card debt? In the Eleventh Circuit’s July 5, 2016 decision in Bazemore v. Jefferson Capital Systems, LLC, 2016 WL 3608961, the district court had held that the collection claim, brought as a putative class...

Waiver of the Right to Arbitrate Federal Claim Does Not Extend to Later-Asserted State-Law Claims

On April 21, the Eleventh Circuit decided Collado v. J. & G. Transport, Inc., 820 F.3d 1256 (11th Cir. 2016), holding that a defendant’s waiver through litigation of the right to arbitrate claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) did not extend to state-law claims asserted by a later amendment to the complaint. Enrique Collado, a former truck driver for J. & G., filed a...