The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to bless class action waivers in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis was seen as a clear-cut win for employers, but on its first birthday, practitioners say the decision's impact has been muted as businesses weigh the potential costs of arbitration and growing public backlash against denying workers a day in court.
A California appeals court decision sinking Winston & Strawn LLP's arbitration agreement with a former attorney suing the firm for discrimination will encourage "for hire" lawyers and others outside firms' power structures to fight contracts that seek to block legal disputes from reaching the courtroom, experts say.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize class action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements suddenly hits play on numerous paused lawsuits by workers against their bosses.
Attorneys estimate that anywhere from hundreds to thousands of federal and state lawsuits or arbitration claims were on hold, awaiting the May 21 landmark ruling. In many of those cases—including wage-hour complaints against tech giants Uber, Grubhub, and Amazon—judges agreed to halt the lawsuits, pending the outcome that the justices have now provided.