Signing As Wife Can’t Shield Expedia User From Arbitration

Law360 (July 19, 2018, 2:28 PM EDT) -- A Texas magistrate judge recommended on Thursday that a proposed class action against Expedia Inc. move to arbitration, saying a user’s claim that he agreed to the site’s terms and conditions under his wife’s name doesn’t shield him from a forced arbitration provision.

James May, who rented out his property through Expedia’s predecessor company, HomeAway.com Inc., was aware of the arbitration clause and had no legal basis to claim the clause didn’t apply to him while he was using the site, the magistrate judge wrote in the recommendation to District Judge Robert Pitman.

“May has not shown that he is not...

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