U.S. Supreme Court Limits Class Arbitration

1 May 2019
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Key takeaways:
  • The Supreme Court held that classwide arbitration is barred unless the arbitration agreement expressly authorizes it.
  • The Federal Arbitration Act preempts state contract law principles that construe ambiguous agreements as authorizing classwide arbitration.
  • Businesses that wish to permit classwide arbitration should review the wording of their arbitration agreements to confirm that they explicitly provide for class procedures.