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Monday, April 14, 2014

First Circuit Interprets Arbitration Clause Broadly

As Jeremy Telman reports at Contracts Prof Blog, the First Circuit recently interpreted a Verizon arbitration clause broadly to encompass claims that the district court thought could be litigated.  In Grand Wireless, Inc. v. Verizon Wireless, Inc. the First Circuit also held that Verizon's employee could compel arbitration of claims against her: " "Verizon and Grand certainly wished to have their disputes settled by arbitration. Since Verizon could operate only through the actions of its employees, it would have made little sense to have agreed to arbitrate if the employees could be sued separately without regard to the arbitration clause."  

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