Calif. High Court Pushes Narrow Reading Of Concepcion

Law360, New York (October 18, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court found Thursday that Concepcion required it to strike down a barrier it had previously erected to the enforcement of employer arbitration agreements, but attorneys say the court's decision nonetheless took pains to carve out a wide path for lower courts to find fault with such agreements.

In Thursday's ruling, the state high court reversed its own prior decision in a wage suit against auto dealer Sonic-Calabasas A Inc. that found an arbitration agreement that requires an employee to waive the right to a hearing before the state labor commissioner is contrary to public policy and unenforceable. The...

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