Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela: The Supreme Court Clarifies that Clear Consent is Necessary for Class Arbitration

The Supreme Court’s decision in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela made it clear that an arbitration agreement must explicitly contemplate and provide for class arbitration, building on a line of pro-arbitration rulings from the Supreme Court over the past decade, including American Express Co. v. Italian Colors RestaurantStolt-Nielsen, S.A. v. Animal Feeds Int’l Corp., and AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion. We analyze the Supreme Court’s decision and discuss their ongoing commitment to traditional arbitration.

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