Seyfarth Shaw Labor & Employment partner Gerald Maatman, Jr. was quoted in a Thomson Reuters' On the Case on March 21, reporting on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision regarding a class arbitration of employment claims case on behalf of its client, Sterling Jewelers.
The underlying opinion in the case reinforces that an arbitrator's decision is "nearly set in stone." In this particular case, the arbitrator has ruled that certification is possible, but the plaintiff's must still convince the arbitrator that the proposed class of about 20,000 should be certified, as well as resolve some discovery issues. Sterling Jewelers remains steadfast in its fight, with Jerry, Stearling's lead counsel, noting, “[S]terling remains resolute in vigorously defending itself against these allegations since they do not represent our culture or the accomplishments of our associates.”
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