Labor & Employment
Are ERISA Cases the Next Frontier in the Ever-Expanding Realm of Arbitration? The Implications of Munro v. University of Southern California in the Ninth Circuit
In a legal landscape that has resoundingly embraced arbitration, a recent Ninth Circuit case stands out for applying the breaks to binding arbitration in an ERISA matter. In Munro v. University of Southern California, 2018 WL 3542996 (9th Cir. July 24, 2018), the court found that employees pursuing a putative class action lawsuit for breaches of fiduciary duty related to their retirement plans under ERISA Section 502(a)(2) could not be compelled to arbitrate the dispute, even though their employment agreements included arbitration agreements.