The Federal Arbitration Act: Background and Recent Developments

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Enacted in 1925, the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) seeks to ensure the
validity and enforcement of arbitration agreements in any “maritime transaction or
. . . contract evidencing a transaction involving commerce.” In general, the FAA
evidences a national policy favoring arbitration. However, the application of the
FAA to various types of arbitration agreements has been the subject of numerous
lawsuits. This report provides a brief legislative history of the FAA, as well as a review
of selected cases that have interpreted the FAA. The report also discusses bills
introduced during the 108th Congress that would amend the FAA to address the use
of arbitration to resolve employment and specific contract disputes.

Creator(s): Shimabukuro, Jon O
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: August 15, 2003
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: August 15, 2003
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Description:

Enacted in 1925, the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) seeks to ensure the
validity and enforcement of arbitration agreements in any “maritime transaction or
. . . contract evidencing a transaction involving commerce.” In general, the FAA
evidences a national policy favoring arbitration. However, the application of the
FAA to various types of arbitration agreements has been the subject of numerous
lawsuits. This report provides a brief legislative history of the FAA, as well as a review
of selected cases that have interpreted the FAA. The report also discusses bills
introduced during the 108th Congress that would amend the FAA to address the use
of arbitration to resolve employment and specific contract disputes.

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12 Pages.

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