Arbitration

July 23rd, 2019 by Rieders Travis in Arbitration

ARBITRATION-FEDERAL ARBITRATION-UBER APP bcarey@djchoices.com ARBITRATION-FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT-UBER DRIVERS Singh v. Uber Techs. Inc., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 27412 (September 11, 2019) GREENAWAY, JR., C.J. Arbitration agreements are essentially contracts that predetermine that a dispute between parties will be decided by an arbitrator, rather than in court. In response to judicial hostility toward these types of contracts Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA"), 9 U.S.C. §§ 1-16. The FAA places certain arbitration agreements on equal footing with all other contracts by requiring courts to enforce such agreements according to their terms. Section 2 provides that the FAA covers "a written provision in any maritime transaction or a contract evidencing a transaction involving commerce," id. § 2, but a provision in § 1 sets an outer limit, providing that "nothing" in the FAA "shall apply to contracts of employment of seamen, railroad employees, or any other class of workers engaged in foreign or interstate commerce," id. § 1 ("§ 1"). This outer limit sets the stage for the case before us. Jaswinder Singh brought this putative class action in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County, on behalf of himself, and other similarly situated New Jersey Uber drivers. He alleged that Uber Technologies, Inc. ("Uber") misclassified them…