October 31, 2019 Articles

U.S. Supreme Court Dims the Lights on Plaintiffs’ Rights to Class Action Arbitration in Lamps Plus

The Court determined that class-wide treatment may not be inferred from ambiguous contract language and that, instead, agreements must expressly provide for class arbitration.

By Melinda G. Gordon

In Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela, No. 17-988, 2019 WL 1780275 (Apr. 24, 2019), the Supreme Court confronted the issue of whether parties to an arbitration agreement containing ambiguous terms had agreed to class-wide arbitration.

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