Several business groups requested that the Ninth Circuit review a panel finding that the Federal Arbitration Act doesn’t preempt a California law – AB 51 – that bans mandatory arbitration agreements, saying the ruling threatens employers and nullifies the speedy dispute resolution process that arbitration is meant to offer.
November 1, 2021
The Restaurant Law Center and California Restaurant Association filed an amici curiae brief in support of the petition for a rehearing.
August 22, 2022
A three-judge panel issued an Order vacating the original decision from a district court and calling for a rehearing of the case, giving California businesses another chance to make their arguments that this state law threatens employers and is actually preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act.
February 15, 2023
The three-judge panel issued its Opinion, reversing its previous decision and holding that AB 51 is preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act.