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The Supreme Court’s conservative majority put additional limits on class-wide arbitration Wednesday, handing business interests a victory over a vigorous dissent from the four liberal justices.
The decision is the latest in a sequence of pro-arbitration decisions from the Supreme Court, which the liberal bloc believes have seriously undermined the rights of workers.
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The case arose in California when Frank Varela sued his employer, Lamps Plus, after a negligent employee revealed his personal tax information in a phishing scheme. Approximately 1,300 other workers were exposed to identity theft due to the error.
In comments written in dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote, “The Court, paradoxically reciting the mantra that consent is essential, has facilitated companies’ efforts to deny employees and consumers the important right to sue in court, and to do so collectively, by inserting solo-arbitration-only clauses that parties lacking bargaining clout cannot remove.”
“Ambiguity does not provide a sufficient basis to conclude that parties to an arbitration agreement agreed to sacrifice the principal advantage of arbitration,” Chief Justice John Roberts said, writing for the majority.
Roberts spoke against group arbitration citing cost, complexity, and efficiency, “thereby destroying the principle benefits of arbitration,” according to the Daily Caller.
This Court has proved time & again that it stands on the side of powerful corporations, not American workers – like in this shameful decision, when it denied workers the ability to collectively advocate for themselves in the workplace. We will fight back. https://t.co/As9kKeJYcp
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) April 24, 2019
Supreme Court vote for allowing companies to use #arbitration provisions to bar both #classactions in court and class-wide arbitration proceedings. #politics #SupremeCourt #law https://t.co/Mq13ahb3j4
— Indivisible Voices (@IndivisiblePGC) April 24, 2019
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