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Tribal Arbitration Agreement in Payday Loan Not Enforced

An arbitration provision in a payday loan agreement was held unenforceable because the provision’s exclusive designated arbitrator, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Nation, was unavailable and no substitute could be appointed. Parm v. Nat’l Bank of Cal., N.A., 2016 WL 4501661 (11th Cir. Aug. 29, 2016) (Dubina, J.). The lender, Western Sky Financial, conceded that the designated...

Statutory Non-Waiver Provision Does Not Prevent Severance of Unlawful Terms and Arbitration Enforcement

Where an arbitration provision includes substantive limitations on the relief otherwise available to a party under a federal statute, there are three possible judicial responses: sever the offending provisions and enforce the agreement; enforce the agreement and leave any invalidity questions to the arbitrator, as in PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. v. Book, 538 U.S. 401 (2003); or...