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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Uber Arbitration Agreement Held Unconscionable

Uber was sued by its drivers and sought to compel arbitration of that suit. A California federal court refused to enforce the delegation clause (which said questions concerning the enforce-ability of the arbitration clause would be resolved by the arbitrator) and then held the arbitration clause substantively unconscionable because: it eliminates plaintiffs’ right to bring certain claims in any forum; has an impermissible fee-shifting clause; and “permits Uber to litigate the claims most valuable to it in court . . . while requiring its drivers to arbitrate those claims. . .they are most likely to bring against Uber,”