In the News Today - December 14, 2017

December 14, 2017

9th Circuit Strikes Constitutional Challenge to the Arbitration Act: The 9th Circuit ruled against plaintiffs in a constitutional challenge to the Federal Arbitration Act after their false advertising claims were sent to arbitration. The court said the plaintiffs had to show that AT&T’s actions were “attributable to the state” in order to challenge the constitutionality of the law. (The Recorder)

Growth in class actions to come under scrutiny: The Australian Law Reform Commission will explore whether there is a need for regulations on third party litigation funders after it was found that half of all Australian class actions were supported by litigation funders. In 2014, ILR President Lisa Rickard urged the government to regulate the funders, who were “influencing, investing and spreading across the globe.” (The Australian)