Ralphs Tells 9th Circ. Arbitration Agreement Valid

Law360, Los Angeles (August 8, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT) -- Ralphs Grocery Co. urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to compel individual arbitration of a putative class action alleging it stiffed deli clerks on overtime and meal breaks, saying a trial judge erred in finding that the arbitration agreement the company requires employees to sign was unconscionable.

Ralphs' attorney Steven Katz argued that U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson improperly concluded the agreement was invalid on the basis of two provisions — one that, according to the judge, gives Ralphs the last say when the parties...
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