17 December 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Decision time on class arbitration

Liz Kramer on Arbitration Nation:

“No matter how SCOTUS decides Sutter, corporations are likely to continue drafting arbitration agreements that explicitly exclude class arbitrations.  If those are strictly enforced (without any state law exceptions, see Concepcion), then we must acknowledge that our justice system is writing off a significant amount of smaller cases that cannot effectively be arbitrated on an individual basis, like those at issue in Amex III.  Some of those cases may even have significant public value.  Yet we are not likely to see amici briefs in favor of making sure claims with small dollar values have a cost-effective way of being arbitrated.”

One imagines that in 2013 all of this is going to come to a head.

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