September 9, 2013

Practice Pointers After Oxford Health v. Sutter – Having the Court Decide Whether Arbitration Permits a Class Action Can Be Decisive

Summary: Well-drafted arbitration class action waivers typically are broad, extending to the full range of statutory, contract and tort claims, and many companies rely on them in their consumer, commercial and employment contracts. Where the arbitration agreement does not state a class waiver in so many words, or the party seeking class arbitration argues that the waiver should not be enforced, an important issue arises: Who should get to decide whether the contract allows for class arbitration – the court or the arbitrator?

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