Chili's Owner Can't Modify Arbitration Deal For OT Suit

Law360, New York (February 15, 2012, 5:15 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge on Friday ruled that the largest franchisee of Chili’s Grill & Bar cannot unilaterally alter its arbitration agreement with an employee seeking to bring an overtime class action in order to get a court to compel arbitration.

U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. denied a motion to compel arbitration filed by ERJ Dining LLC, the owner of more than 100 Chili's restaurants across the Midwest, saying that because the company's arbitration agreement with the plaintiff contains a forum clause that specifies...
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