Friday, August 15, 2014
Broadly Interpreting Arbitration Agreements, Effectively Vindicating Statutory Rights
The 10th Circuit broadly interpreted an arbitration clause in a non-compete agreement to require arbitration of claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act because federal law requires all ambiguities about the scope of the agreement to be resolved in favor of arbitration. Sanchez v. Nitro-Lift Technologies, LLC, __ F.3d__, 2014 WL 3882543 (10th Cir. Aug. 8, 2014). The court remanded to the district court to determine whether the fees of arbitration precluded the plaintiffs from effectively vindicating their federal statutory rights. Liz Kramer's summary.