Biz Groups Urge 9th Circ. To Rethink Arbitration Ban Ruling

By Irene Spezzamonte (November 2, 2021, 6:26 PM EDT) -- Several business groups urged the full Ninth Circuit to review a panel finding that the Federal Arbitration Act doesn't preempt a California law that bans mandatory arbitration agreements, saying the ruling threatens employers and nullifies the speedy dispute resolution process that arbitration is meant to offer.

In separate amicus briefs filed Monday, organizations including the California Employment Law Council and the Employers Group threw their support behind the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups' bid to undo a split appellate panel decision. In September, the panel partially halted a preliminary injunction against Assembly Bill 51.

A.B. 51 is a California law that charges employers with a criminal misdemeanor...

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