In JPay, Inc. v. Kobel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit joined several other circuits in holding that the availability of class action arbitration is a “question of arbitrability” that is decided by a court, not an arbitrator.
The parties’ contract did not specifically mention class arbitration. Nevertheless, the court concluded that the contract’s general terms clearly and unambiguously required that the question be decided by an arbitrator instead of the court. ABA Section of Litigation leaders note that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to provide further guidance on the availability of class arbitration this term.
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