In what will surely be seen as a sweeping win for corporations and a a major abrogation of the class-action lawsuit, the Supreme Court ruled today that corporations can force unhappy customers to settle disputes in binding arbitration. The case arose from a class-action litigation brought on behalf of California AT&T Mobility customers who disagreed with a $30 charge on their phone bill. The opinion, written by Antonin Scalia, noted that arbitration is “efficient and less costly” for large corporations. Consumer-rights advocates are understandably displeased, while the shock wave this decision will send through the corpus of civil litigation law will arguably be massive.
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