LexisNexis Overview: Florida public policy that would invalidate waivers
of class actions in cell phone customers' contracts was an obstacle to the
Federal Arbitration Act's objective of enforcing arbitration agreements
according to their terms, and was preempted; compelling individual arbitration
Counsel: For Lourdes Cruz, Appellant: Frank Paul Bland, Jr., Public Justice,
P.C., WASHINGTON, DC.
For Curtis Smith, Appellant: Scott Wm Weinstein, Morgan & Morgan, P.A.,
Fort Myers, FL; Leslie A. Bailey, Public Justice, P.C., OAKLAND, CA; Amy Radon,
Public Justice, P.C., WASHINGTON, DC.
For Cingular Wireless, LLC, Appellee: Evan M. Tager, Mayer Brown, LLP, WASHINGTON,
DC; Jack Wilson, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, JACKSON, MS; Archis Ashok
Parasharami, Mayer Brown LLP, WASHINGTON, DC; John J. Shahady, Adorno &
Yoss, LLP, FT LAUDERDALE, FL.
For AARP, Amicus: Deborah M. Zuckerman, AARP Foundation Litigation, Washington,
For Chamber of Commerce of the United States, Amicus: David L. Balser, McKenna,
Long & Aldridge, LLP, ATLANTA, GA.
MARCUS, FAY and ANDERSON, Circuit
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