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Monday, January 18, 2016

Carmax v. Areso: SCOTUS Denies Review of Case Applying Iskanian

In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, 59 Cal. 4th 348 (2014) (discussed here), the California Supreme Court held that an arbitration agreement "requiring an employee as a condition of employment to give up the right to bring representative PAGA actions in any forum is contrary to public policy" and unenforceable. In Fowler v. CarMax (Cal.App. unpub. 1/25/15), the California Court of Appeal affirmed in part a trial court order enforcing a class action waiver and compelling arbitration of individual wage and hour claims, but followed Iskanian in holding that the trial court erred in compelling arbitration of PAGA claims.

On December 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari of the decision in Fowler, sub nom. CarMax Auto Superstores California, LLC v. Areso. The SCOTUS web page for CarMax is here, and the SCOTUSblog page for it is here.

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