Ill. Top Court Rejects Gateway Arbitration Clause

Law360, New York (February 4, 2011, 7:04 PM EST) -- The Supreme Court of Illinois has ruled in a putative class action that a Gateway Inc. consumer arbitration agreement cannot be enforced, a decision the plaintiff's attorneys say could make it easier for consumers to have their claims heard in court.

The court issued the ruling Thursday, noting the arbitrator designated in the agreement — the National Arbitration Forum — had stopped accepting consumer arbitrations. The court said having the NAF as arbitrator was integral to the agreement, and without it, the agreement could not be...
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