9th Circuit: Automaker Not A Party To Dealership-Buyer Arbitration Agreements

PASADENA, Calif. - An automaker may not compel arbitration of California unfair competition law (UCL) claims based on agreements involving consumers and the dealerships where they purchased their vehicles, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Jan. 30 (Jessica Kramer, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corp., et al., No. 12-55050, 9th Cir.).

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