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Wells Fargo Agrees to Halt Forced Arbitration for Sex Harassment Claims

Wells Fargo & Co. on Wednesday ended its forced arbitration policy for employee sexual harassment claims, opening the lender to potential lawsuits in the future. The San Francisco-based bank made the decision following a shareholder proposal from Clean Yield Asset …

Supreme Court Backs Arbitration in Kavanaugh’s First Written Opinion

The U.S. Supreme Court’s newest member, Brett Kavanaugh, issued his first written opinion on Tuesday as the justices in a unanimous ruling bolstered companies’ ability to use arbitration to resolve disputes with customers or other businesses. The court decided 9-0 …

After 20K Employees Protest, Google Searches for New Harassment Policies

Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Thursday it would change the way it handles sexual harassment claims, a week after 20,000 of its workers around the world walked off their jobs to protest its response to such issues. Arbitration will become …

Supreme Court Looks to Favor Business Arbitration with Individuals Over Courts

U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they may issue more pro-business rulings giving companies wide latitude to use arbitration to resolve disputes with employees, customers or other businesses rather than the courts. The nine justices heard arguments in two …

Lawmakers Ask Supreme Court to Weigh Veterans’ vs. Employers’ Rights in Workplace

Nineteen lawmakers are testing their luck at the Supreme Court, asking the justices to take up a case on whether military reservists’ unfair dismissal claims can be forced into arbitration by their civilian bosses. Because the case involves veterans’ rights, …

U.S. Supreme Court Sides With Kentucky Nursing Home in Arbitration Case

The United States Supreme Court says a Kentucky nursing home can require the families of two former residents to pursue claims against the home outside of court. The justice ruled 7-1 on Monday that the home could enforce contracts signed …

Federal Judge Upholds Airbnb Arbitration Clause in Racial Bias Case

A man who claims that the online lodging site Airbnb violated his civil rights must take his complaint to arbitration with Airbnb and cannot sue the online service, a federal judge has ruled. In a Nov. 1 ruling, Judge Christopher …

Schwab Loses Bid to Halt Regulatory Discipline Over Right to Sue

A federal court judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by Charles Schwab Corp. that sought to stop its regulator from bringing a disciplinary case against the company for trying to take away customers’ rights to sue it in class-action …