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July 21, 2017

In the News Today – July 21, 2017

In the News Today

Supreme Court To Hear NLRB Class Action Waiver Cases In October

The U.S. Supreme Court has set Oct. 2 as the date for oral arguments in a closely watched battle over the legality of arbitration agreements requiring workers to waive their rights to file class or collective actions against their employers, according to a notice filed Wednesday.

The case stems from a series of rulings by the National Labor Relations Board that such agreements violate National Labor Relations Act provisions guaranteeing the rights of workers to act collectively to improve their working conditions.

Employers often use class action waivers as a tool to reduce legal exposure by keeping labor disputes in arbitration rather than in court as class actions, which are more costly to fight and resolve. (Law 360)

14 Billion Pound Class Action Against MasterCard Blocked

A 14 billion pound ($18 billion) class action lawsuit against MasterCard for allegedly overcharging more than 45 million people in Britain over a 16-year period was blocked from proceeding by a judge, MasterCard said on Friday. 

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has sided with MasterCard’s argument that the claims were unsuitable to be brought under a so-called collective actions regime and has not allowed the case to go to trial, the company said. (Reuters

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