DirecTV Class Action Waiver Deemed Unenforceable In Calif.

Law360, Chicago (April 8, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Monday refused to send to arbitration a consumer class action accusing DirecTV Inc. of failing to disclose early termination fees, finding that a waiver of class claims in the company’s arbitration agreement with customers was unenforceable under state law.

A three-judge panel agreed with a lower court that the language of the arbitration agreement included in DirecTV’s service contracts deferred to state law, including the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, which bars waiving the right to bring class claims, according to...
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