California Appellate Court Holds Arbitrators, Not Courts, Must Decide Whether Arbitration Agreement Prohibits Class Arbitration When Agreement Silent On Issue

California Appellate Court Holds Arbitrators, Not Courts, Must Decide Whether Arbitration Agreement Prohibits Class Arbitration When Agreement Silent On Issue

On June 25, 2014, in Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc., Case No. B244412 (Cal. App. Ct. June 25, 2014), the California Court Of Appeal for the Second Appellate District reversed a trial court’s order dismissing class claims with prejudice, holding that whether the parties agreed to class arbitration was an issue that should be decided by the arbitrator, not the trial court.