New Taxpayer First Act Apparently Bars Mandatory Arbitration of ALL (Not just IRS) Employee Whistleblower Disputes
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The new Taxpayer First Act signed into law on July 1st apparently bars any employer from requiring arbitration of tax-related whistleblower disputes. The new law also establishes an independent office for resolving taxpayer disputes.

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Certiorari Granted in Eleventh Circuit Case Holding that Non-Signatory Party Cannot Compel Arbitration Under the NY Convention
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On the Term’s last day, SCOTUS on June 28 granted Certiorari in an arbitration-centric case. As we reported in SAA 2019-15 (Apr.

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House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee Holds Hearing on “Forced Arbitration.” Proposed Fair Act is Gaining Strength
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The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law held a May 16 hearing titled “Justice Denied: Forced Arbitration and the Erosion of our Legal System.” The Senate Judiciary Committee held a similar hearing in April.

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An Ideologically Divided SCOTUS Holds 5-4 in Lamps Plus that Class Arbitration Takes Place Only Where the Parties Expressly Provide for It
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In the final arbitration-centric decision of the Term, the Supreme Court on April 24 held 5-4 in Varela v. Lamps Plus, Inc.,

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Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on “Arbitration in America.” Are Changes Coming to the FAA?
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The full Senate Judiciary Committee held an April 2 hearing titled “Arbitration in America.” Based on the comments and questions from Committee members,

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Democrats Introduce Several Anti-Mandatory Arbitration Bills. What You Need To Know
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by George H. Friedman

SAC Contributing Legal Editor and Board of Editors Member

Ed: As reported in SAA 2019-10 (Mar.

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