DirecTV Gets Leasing Fraud Claims Sent To Arbitration

Law360, Los Angeles (July 30, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit found Tuesday that a class of consumers claiming DirecTV Inc. and Best Buy Stores LP deceived them into leasing satellite television equipment must arbitrate with the television service provider, ruling an arbitration clause in DirecTV's consumer contract was enforceable.

The three-judge panel upheld U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Nguyen's ruling compelling the consumers to arbitrate with DirecTV, citing the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2011 decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, which said companies could insert class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements. Based on that ruling, the waiver in DirecTV's...
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