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December 15, 2015

WSJ: SCOTUS Ruling in DirecTV Case a “Policy Victory Against Trial Lawyers”

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favor of DirectTV in DirectTV Inc. v. Imburgia, “backing the satellite television provider’s efforts to enforce arbitration agreements signed by its customers in California,” reports Reuters.

On a 6-3 vote, the Court overturned a California appeals court decision that found consumers were not bound by DirectTV’s arbitration agreements.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board praised Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote on behalf of the majority, saying that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) trumped state law, and that the Court’s 2011 decision in Concepcion (which upheld the FAA), “is an authoritative interpretation of that Act.”

The ruling is “a policy victory against trial lawyers trying to use California judges to evade federal law,” notes the WSJ editorial.

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