AmEx Cardholders Must Arbitrate Privacy Dispute: Judge

Law360, New York (January 31, 2012, 7:55 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a proposed class of American Express credit-card holders should arbitrate their dispute with American Express Travel Related Services Inc. over personal financial information allegedly sent to American Express call centers overseas.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler found that an arbitration provision in the plaintiffs’ cardholder agreements with American Express is enforceable under Utah law, which the agreements state govern them.

The plaintiffs had argued that the provision could not be enforced because it violated D.C. law, and also...
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