Class Action Update: Supreme Court Reaffirms Enforcement of Class Arbitration Waivers
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On December 14, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in DIRECTV v. Imburgia. The Court reversed a decision of the California Court of Appeal that had refused to enforce an arbitration agreement that included a waiver of class arbitration. By holding that courts must interpret arbitration agreements under the same principles that they apply outside of the arbitration context, the Court reaffirmed its recent precedents that allow strict construction of consumer contracts that include agreements to arbitrate.