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Docket Number17-988
Full NameLamps Plus, Inc. v. Frank Varela
Short NameLamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela
PetitionerLamps Plus, Inc.
RespondentFrank Varela
Date Argued (Reargued)Oct. 29, 2018
Date DecidedApril 24, 2019

Question Presented

In Stolt-Nielsen, S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp. this Court held that a court could not order arbitration to proceed using class procedures unless there was a "contractual basis" for concluding that the parties have "agreed to" class arbitration. 559 U.S. 662, 684 (2010) (emphasis in original). This Court explained that courts may not "presume" such consent from "mere silence on the issue of class arbitration" or "from the fact of the parties' agreement to arbitrate." Id. at 685, 687. The arbitration clause at issue here did not mention class arbitration. A divided Ninth Circuit panel majority (Reinhardt & Wardlaw, JJ.) nonetheless inferred mutual assent to class arbitration from such standard language as the parties' agreement that "arbitration shall be in lieu of any and all lawsuits or other civil legal proceedings" and a description of the substantive claims subject to arbitration. App., infra, 3a-4a. The question presented is: Whether the Federal Arbitration Act forecloses a state-law interpretation of an arbitration agreement that would authorize class arbitration based solely on general language commonly used in arbitration agreements.

Case Events

27 2018-09-12CIRCULATED
26 2018-09-10Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.
25 2018-09-06Brief amicus curiae of American Association for Justice filed.
24 2018-09-06Brief amici curiae of Contract Law Scholars filed.
23 2018-08-30Brief of respondent Frank Varela filed.
22 2018-08-20SET FOR ARGUMENT on Monday, October 29 2018
21 2018-07-16Brief amicus curiae of Chamber of Commerce of the United States America filed.
20 2018-07-16Brief amicus curiae of Retail Litigation Center, Inc. filed.
19 2018-07-16Brief amicus curiae of Center for Workplace Compliance filed.
18 2018-07-13Brief amicus curiae of DRIā€“The Voice of the Defense Bar filed.
17 2018-07-13Brief amicus curiae of New England Legal Foundation filed.
16 2018-07-09Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
15 2018-07-09Brief of petitioners Lamps Plus, Inc., et al. filed.
14 2018-06-08Motion to extend the time to file the joint appendix the opening briefs on the merits granted. The time to file the joint appendix and petitioners' brief on the merits is extended to and including July 9, 2018. The time to file respondent's brief on the merits is extended to and including August 30, 2018.
13 2018-06-04Motion for an extension of time to file the joint appendix and the opening briefs on the merits filed.
12 2018-04-30Petition GRANTED.
11 2018-04-23DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/27/2018.
10 2018-04-16DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/20/2018.
9 2018-03-28Reply of petitioners Lamps Plus, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed)
8 2018-03-28DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/13/2018.
7 2018-03-14Brief of respondent Frank Varela in opposition filed.
6 2018-02-12Brief amicus curiae of Chamber of Commerce of the United States America filed.
5 2018-02-08Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including March 14, 2018.
4 2018-02-06Motion to extend the time to file a response from February 12, 2018 to March 14, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
3 2018-01-10Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due February 12, 2018)
2 2017-11-28Application (17A577) granted by Justice Kennedy extending the time to file until January 10, 2018.
1 2017-11-22Application (17A577) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from December 10, 2017 to January 10, 2018, submitted to Justice Kennedy.

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Adam G. UnikowskyRetail Litigation Center, Inc.Counsel of RecorJenner & Block LLP1099 New York Avenue, NWSuite 900Washington, DC 20001AUnikowsky@jenner.com202-639-6041other
Andrew J. PincusLamps Plus, Inc., et al.Counsel of RecoMayer Brown LLP1999 K Street, N.W.Washington, DC 20006apincus@mayerbrown.com(202) 263-3220petitioner
Benjamin G. RobbinsNew England Legal FoundationCounsel of RecordNew England Legal Foundation150 Lincoln StreetBoston, MA 02111-2504benrobbins@nelfonline.org8577727620other
Deepak GuptaAmerican Association for JusticeCounsel of RecordGupta Wessler PLLC1900 L Street, NWSuite 312Washington, DC 20036deepak@guptawessler.com(202) 888-1741other
John Richard AnnandCenter for Workplace ComplianceCounsel of ReNT Lakis, LLP1501 M Street, NW Suite 1000Washington, DC 20005jannand@ntlakis.com2026295617other
Mary MassaronDRI The Voice of the Defense BarCounsel of RecordPlunkett & Cooney, P.C.38505 Woodward AveSuite 100Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304mmassaron@plunkettcooney.com313-983-4801other
Matthew Adam SeligmanContract Law ScholarsCounsel of RecorBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law55 Fifth AvenueRoom 933New York, NY 10023matthew.seligman@yu.edu2127900349other
Michele M. VercoskiFrank VarelaCounsel of RecordMcCune Wright Arevalo3281 E. Guasti Road, Suite 100Ontario, CA 91761mmv@mccunewright.com909-557-1250respondent
Thomas Ryan McCarthyChamber of Commerce of the United States AmericaCounsel of RecordConsovoy McCarthy Park, PLLC3033 Wilson BoulevardSuite 700Arlington, VA 22201tom@consovoymccarthy.com7032439423other
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