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Supreme Court Clarifies That Courts Must Resolve Whether Transportation Worker Exclusion for ‘Contracts of Employment’ Applies Before Ordering Arbitration

USA - February 7 2019 The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires courts to enforce private arbitration agreements, subject to several qualifications. One of those…

Supreme Court Confirms Contract Terms Control Who Decides If a Dispute Is Subject to Arbitration

USA - January 9 2019 In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court strengthened the enforceability of arbitration agreements by confirming that contract terms control who…

ERISA: New Questions for Church-Affiliated Organizations After The Supreme Court Expands ERISA Church-Plan Exemption

USA - June 13 2017 On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the scope of ERISA’s church-plan exemption in the case of Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton…

Ninth Circuit Holds Airline Deregulation Act Does Not Bar Putative Class Action Claims to Recover $15 Baggage Fees

USA - May 5 2017 Airlines work hard to make sure passengers' checked baggage arrives on time, but that's not always possible. Traditionally, the federal Airline…

Washington Court Finds Port District Liable for Worker's Severe Injuries at Airport and Rejects Federal Aviation Preemption Defense

USA - April 6 2017 The Washington Court of Appeals recently affirmed a $40 million verdict in favor of a worker seriously injured at SeaTac International Airport while…