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5th Circuit Finds Arbitrator Must Rule On Arbitration First In Wage Collective Dispute

Mealey's (November 10, 2016, 11:19 AM EST) -- NEW ORLEANS — A Texas federal court erred when it denied a motion to compel arbitration in a collective wage-and-hour suit, ruling that it could not consider the applicability of the arbitration agreement until later in the certification process, a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Oct. 4, opining that the issue of arbitration must be decided first (Carlos Reyna, et al. v. International Bank of Commerce, No. 16-40057, 5th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18016).

(Opinion available.  Document #73-161111-018Z.)

Carlos Reyna was employed...
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