Case before US Supreme Court May Decide Fate of Consumer Class Actions

In November of this year, the US Supreme Court hear arguments in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, a case that could decide the fate of consumer and employee class actions for years to come. The case involves the widespread practice of using standard-form contracts to ban class actions. Courts in California and other states have held that class-action bans are unenforceable, however AT&T Mobility has asked the Supreme Court to find that state laws are preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act.. The problem is that class-action bans are often disastrous for consumers and employees. Class-action bans in consumer contracts prevent consumers...

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