Legislative Update: The Latest from Congress
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 George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The looming Thanksgiving break did not deter Congress from moving ahead with proposed legislation governing arbitration use.

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SCOTUS Declines to Take Up California’s PAGA – For Now
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The Supreme Court has eschewed for now the opportunity to review whether California’s Private Attorneys General Act is preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act.

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Divided Ninth Circuit Ruling on California AB-51 FAA Preemption is also a Split Decision: Statute is Preempted in Part
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

A split Ninth Circuit has finally ruled on the validity of AB-51, which would restrict predispute arbitration clauses (“PDAA”) in employment relationships.

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Longtime Consumer Advocate Roper Joins SEC Senior Staff: Any Implications for FINRA DRS?  
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Consumer advocate and mandatory arbitration critic Barbara Roper has joined the SEC’s senior staff.

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Massachusetts Uber Drivers Face Roadblock While Attempting to Avoid Arbitration
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By Ruben Huertero*

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holds that Uber Technologies Inc. drivers are not engaged in interstate commerce under a nationwide standard and must arbitrate their claims.

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SCOTUS Won’t Reconsider Denied Cert. Petition on FAA Applicability to Amazon Drivers
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

SCOTUS again has eschewed an opportunity to clear up the split over the Federal Arbitration Act’s (“FAA”) section 1 exemption for workers engaged in commerce,

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