Concepcion Sends Sprint Rates Row To Arbitration In Calif.

Law360, New York (September 27, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a putative class action accusing Sprint PCS of misrepresenting cellphone rates to consumers must be settled through arbitration, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion.

The panel said the lower court correctly ruled on Sprint’s renewed motion to compel arbitration — a bid the mobile giant first lost in 2006 — after Concepcion indisputably changed the legal landscape by establishing that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts California law that had previously prohibited...
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