The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a class action lawsuit brought by consumers challenging DirecTV’s early termination fees.
The central question is whether DirecTV can force the litigation into private arbitration, citing subscriber agreements. A California appellate court ruled last year that DirecTV’s subscriber agreements could not force the dispute into private arbitration, as the contract included a provision that class action rights could not be waived if they violated a state law.
But DirecTV contends that federal law allows them to move the dispute into arbitration, citing a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The lawsuit was brought as a class action by Amy Imburgia and Kathy Greiner.
Oral arguments are expected later this year.