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Supreme Court Extends its Strong (Conservative) Pro-Arbitration Jurisprudence to Mandate Enforcement of Class Action Waivers Contained in Arbitration Agreements

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority’s recent opinion (5-3) in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 2013 DJDAR 7944 (June 20, 2013), while no surprise, extends the court’s strong pro-arbitration jurisprudence to mandate enforcement of class action waivers contained in arbitration agreements, even where pursuit of an individual claim may be uneconomical or impractical.  Specifically,…