Topic: Arbitration

Independent Contractor Misclassification: Class Action Lawyers Now Targeting the Insurance Industry

Independent insurance sales agents have been treated as independent contractors (ICs) for decades. But recently, class action lawyers have begun to target insurance companies with claims that carriers have misclassified these sales agents as ICs instead of employees.

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Five Key Legal Developments in 2017 in Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance Law – and What to Expect in 2018

Independent contractor misclassification class action lawsuits and administrative proceedings are becoming more prevalent. Why? Because most industries have made use of independent contractors either to supplement their workforce or as part of their business model.

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Massachusetts High Court Rules That Federal Arbitration Act Applies to Contracts Involving Interstate Commerce

In a decision that has implications for reinsurance, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last week decided that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts the Massachusetts Arbitration Act where the relevant contract involves interstate commerce. The decision is McInnes v. LPL Financial, LLC, et al., No. SJC-11356 (Aug. 12, 2013), and is available at the court’s website

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Class Waiver Provisions in Arbitration Agreements Are Enforceable, Regardless of Arbitration Costs to Individual Plaintiff, Says United States Supreme Court.

A recent decision by the United States Supreme Court in American Express Co. et al. v. Italian Colors Restaurant et al., __ U.S. __ (June 20, 2013) marks a victory for many seeking to minimize their class action exposure through execution of arbitration agreements with consumers or employees. 

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