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Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc., 220812

In a case to determine whether a court or an arbitrator decides if an arbitration agreement permits or prohibits classwide arbitration, the Court of Appeal decision in favor of the arbitrator is affirmed where: 1) no universal rule allocates this decision in all cases to either arbitrators or courts; 2) who decides is in the first instance a matter of agreement, with the parties' agreement subject to interpretation under state contract law; 3) under state law, these parties' arbitration agreement allocates the decision to the arbitrator; and 4) under federal arbitration law, no contrary presumption requires a different result, so the issue remains one for the arbitrator.

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  • Decided
  • Published 2016/07/28




  • Supreme Court of California


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