Homa v. Amer. Express Co., 07-2921
In a class action, district court's dismissal of plaintiffs' complaint with prejudice in favor of individual arbitration is reversed where: 1) the Federal Arbitration Act does not preclude the circuit court from applying state law unconscionability principles to void a class-arbitration waiver; and 2) under New Jersey choice of law principles, if the claims at issue are of such a low value as effectively to preclude relief if decided individually then the application of Utah law to the class-arbitration waiver is invalid and the waiver is unconscionable.
- Argued 12/01/2008
- Decided 02/24/2009
- Published 02/24/2009
Before: AMBRO, WEIS, and VAN ANTWERPEN, Circuit Judges.
United States Third Circuit
F. Paul Bland, Jr., Esq. (Argued), Public Justice, Washington, D.C., Gary S. Graifman, Esq., Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, Montvale, NJ, for Appellant.
Julia B. Strickland, Esq. (Argued), David W. Moon, Esq., Stroock, Stroock & Lavan, Los Angeles, CA, Louis A. Smith, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, Florham Park, NJ, for Appellees.