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Aug. 31, 2017

CAALA Special: Class Delayed

Substantial suits set to shape class action, employment and consumer law jurisprudence await appellate rulings on threshold jurisdictional questions: Brian Kabateck (Kabateck Brown Kellner) and Chris Baker (Baker Curtis & Schwartz) discuss the NLRA-based argument against individual arbitration pending before the 9th Circuit and SCOTUS, and Jim Sturdevant (Sturdevant Law Firm) contends the California Supreme Court can decide when steep loan interest rates become illegal


On this special CAALA convention edition of the show, attorneys chat three pending cases that stand to profoundly shape the landscape of class action litigation, one the suit against Uber over its classifying drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, another the triumvirate of cases consolidated before SCOTUS that present the question of whether the NLRA scuttles independent arbitration clauses commonly found it most employment contracts today, and a third, before the Cal. Supreme Court, regarding whether courts may, under state lending law, step in to declare unconscionable certain consumer loans, here the type peddled to high-risk borrows and entailing steep interest rates.

Brian Kabateck (Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP), who represents the named plaintiff in the Uber misclassification suit, will discuss that matter, now awaiting argument before the 9th Circuit; Chris Baker (Baker, Curtis, & Schwartz PC) will chat about the consolidated cases Epic Systems v. Lewis, Ernst & Young v. Morris, and NLRB v. Murphy Oil, and Jim Sturdevant (Sturdevant Law Firm) will unpack De La Torre v. Cashcall.


Brian Cardile

Daily Journal Staff Writer

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