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Friday, May 15, 2015

Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc.: California Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Court or Arbitrator Determines Whether Arbitration Agreement Provides for Class Arbitration

In Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc. (2014) 228 Cal.App.4th 65, the plaintiff filed a putative class action for race, color, national origin, and ancestry discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The trial court compelled individual arbitration and dismissed the class allegations. The Court of Appeal reversed, holding that the arbitrator, rather than the trial court, must determine whether an arbitration agreement provides for class arbitration. The Court of Appeal's decision is here.

The California Supreme Court granted review on November 12, 2014. The Court's docket page for Sandquist is here

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