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Justices Say Class Arbitration Must Be Explicitly Authorized

Law360 (April 24, 2019, 10:09 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that arbitration agreements must explicitly call for class arbitration for that process to be invoked, handing lighting retailer Lamps Plus Inc. a win in its challenge of a Ninth Circuit ruling that allowed a worker's data breach class arbitration to move forward.

The justices by a 5-4 vote overturned the appellate court's decision that Lamps Plus' arbitration agreement with worker Frank Varela let him pursue class claims even though the deal was vague on the issue of class arbitration.

In a 5-4 decision. U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday ruled that arbitration agreements must explicitly call...

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3480 Consumer Credit

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January 11, 2018

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