Tribe Must Arbitrate Casino-Union Dispute, 9th Circ. Rules

By Gina Kim (May 20, 2022, 7:58 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court's decision ordering the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation to arbitrate a dispute with a union seeking to represent its casino employees, finding that the tribe agreed in its gambling compact with the state of California to arbitrate any dispute it has with the union.

In a 17-page published opinion penned by U.S. Circuit Judge Milan D. Smith, the panel upheld U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Whelan's decision to grant Unite Here Local 30's motion for judgment on the pleadings and to dismiss Sycuan's counterclaim that sought a declaratory judgment stating that the...

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