Today’s Daily Journal carries an op-ed by PLF attorneys Deborah La Fetra and Wen Fa on DIRECTV v. Imburgia, the latest in a long line of California court cases undermining arbitration and evading federal law. Here’s a taste:
For nearly a century, the Federal Arbitration Act has explicitly instructed courts to respect the decision of people agreeing to resolve their disputes by arbitration. California’s long history of hostility toward arbitration serves as an example of why federal legislation demanding state judicial respect for the freedom of contract is necessary. DIRECTV is the latest in a long line of anti-arbitration decisions from the California courts, demonstrating the California courts’ persistence and creativity in generating new reasons to invalidate contracts providing for arbitration of disputes.