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  • Main Title The Federal Arbitration Act: Background and Recent Developments


  • Author: Shimabukuro, Jon O.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Legislative Attorney


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2003-08-15


  • English


  • Content 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.
  • Physical Description: 12 Pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Business
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Commercial arbitration - Law and legislation
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Law


  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: RL30934
  • Accession or Local Control No: RL30934_2003Aug15
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metacrs3879