Judge Questions Arbitration In Wells Fargo Card Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (January 12, 2012, 9:26 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Thursday tentatively rejected a bid by Wells Fargo Bank NA to force a Visa-branded gift card purchaser to arbitrate class action claims of deceptive marketing, saying the bank’s arguments went even further than recent arbitration-friendly Supreme Court rulings.

U.S. District Judge George H. Wu distributed a tentative opinion at a hearing Thursday denying Wells Fargo’s motion to compel arbitration in the consumer class action lawsuit on grounds that the plaintiff never consented to a contract containing an arbitration provision.

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