NLRB Finds Ally in Seventh Circuit Regarding Class and Collective Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

NLRB Finds Ally in Seventh Circuit Regarding Class and Collective Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

On May 26, 2016, the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation, Case No. 15-2997, holding that an arbitration agreement providing “that covered claims will be arbitrated only on an individual basis” and that employees “waive the right to participate in or receive money or any other relief from any class, collective, or representative proceeding” impinges on employees’ Section 7 rights.

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Federal Circuit Upholds Rule That New Petitioner Arguments Cannot Be Raised in IPR Reply Briefs

By | PTABWatch | May 27, 2016
Federal Circuit Upholds Rule That New Petitioner Arguments Cannot Be Raised in IPR Reply Briefs

The Federal Circuit recently affirmed the Board’s IPR decision that IBS failed to satisfy its burden of demonstrating obviousness of the challenged claims of Illumina’s U.S. Patent No. 7,566,537 (“the ‘537 patent), and determined that the Board did not abuse its discretion in refusing to consider IBS’s reply brief. 

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