Ninth Circuit Applies High Bar To Establishing Economic Duress Regarding Execution Of Arbitration Agreement

Adam L. Sorensen and Lena H. Hughes of Morrison Foerster have this article, available in Lexology, discussing the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Dario Martinez-Gonzales v. Elkhorn Packing Co. LLC. Summarizing the court’s decision–which reversed the lower court for the asserted reason that “we are firmly convinced the district court overlooked key facts”–the author’s explain that the Ninth Circuit held “that a farm laborer who was directed to sign an arbitration agreement in a hotel parking lot, after traveling to the U.S., without an opportunity to read the agreement or consult an attorney, was not subjected to economic duress or undue influence under California law.” The panel’s 2-1 vote may receive additional review.

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