6th Circ. Won't Apply Class Waiver In JPMorgan Antitrust Row

Law360, New York (June 12, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit ruled Tuesday that an arbitrator, not a federal district court, should decide whether an Ohio man accusing JPMorgan Chase Bank NA of charging improper fees on automotive loans can bring putative class antitrust claims in arbitration against the bank.

The circuit court shot down JPMorgan's argument that the court should have dismissed putative class claims lodged by Christopher Lowry because Lowry had signed an auto loan agreement that contained an arbitration clause with a class action waiver. The Sixth Circuit said the lower...
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