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U.S. Supreme Court deals major blow to California worker class actions

This is an article from a Reuters post. Important changes for workers in California:

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday said a unique California law allowing workers to sue their employers in the state's name does not permit them to circumvent agreements to bring legal disputes in individual arbitration rather than court.

The court's 8-1 ruling in a case involving Viking River Cruises Inc is a major victory for business groups who had backed the company and is likely to stem a flood of lawsuits filed in recent years accusing companies of widespread wage law violations.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court that the Federal Arbitration Act, which requires the enforcement of agreements many workers sign to arbitrate legal claims, trumps a rule created by California courts requiring claims brought under the state's Private Attorneys General Act to remain in court.

Viking River and its lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment."

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