|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Dec 9, 2009
||Apr 27, 2010||5-3||Alito||OT 2009|
Holding: Parties may sometimes settle disputes through arbitration, rather than litigation. When the dispute involves numerous similarly-situated individuals, a few individuals may conduct the arbitration on behalf of the larger groups (similar to a class action lawsuit). Here, the Court ruled that that class action arbitration is permitted only if all the parties specifically agree to it.