9th Circ. Gives AT&T Another Shot To Arbitrate Class Action

Law360, Chicago (March 16, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that a lower court had erred when it refused to enforce AT&T Mobility LLC's arbitration agreement with customers suing it over consumer fees, finding the Federal Arbitration Act preempts a Washington state law that purportedly invalidated the agreement's class action waiver.

In the putative class action over fees the current and former customers say they were charged after an AT&T unit's 2004 acquisition by Cingular Wireless LLC, a Washington federal court rejected AT&T's motion to compel arbitration by finding the agreement's...
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