Supreme Court: No Contractual Provision, No Class Arbitration

This is a copy of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Stolt-Nielsen S.A. vs. AnimalFeeds Int'l Corp., 559 U.S. ___ (2010). A shipping customer opted for a maritime contract (“charter party”) which contained an arbitration clause. The shipping customer subsequently brought a class action antitrust suit against shipping company for price fixing, and that suit was consolidated with similar suits brought by other customers. The Court held: Imposing class arbitration on parties who have not agreed to class arbitration contradicts the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1, et. seq.
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