Oracle's Anti-Arbitration Line Is 'Man Bites Dog,' Judge Says

By Dorothy Atkins (February 15, 2019, 7:18 PM EST) -- A Ninth Circuit panel appeared skeptical Friday of Oracle Inc.'s appeal of a decision to send an ex-worker's putative class action over sales commission pay to arbitration, with one judge calling the company's anti-arbitration stance ironic and a "man bites dog" situation.

During a hearing in San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik, who sat on the three-judge panel by designation, said big companies are typically the ones insisting on arbitration and "making class actions disappear." But in this case, Oracle is fighting the district judge's decision to send plaintiff Marcella Johnson's case to arbitration.

"There's a man bites dog aspect...

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