USC To Appeal ERISA Arbitration Denial To High Court

Law360 (October 16, 2018, 8:36 PM EDT) -- The University of Southern California intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether employers can force workers who collectively sue over benefit plan mismanagement to resolve their claims through individual arbitration.

USC wants the high court to scuttle a Ninth Circuit ruling that allowed the university’s workers to pursue their Employee Retirement Income Security Act putative class action in court even though they signed arbitration agreements, the university said in a joint report to U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips on Monday.

The Ninth Circuit ruled in July that the arbitration agreements didn’t apply to fiduciary-breach claims brought under...

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