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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 15 that complaints filed under California’s 2004 Private Attorney Generals Act can be forced into arbitration.

PAGA authorizes employees to sue employers for labor code violations on behalf of the state, instead of as a single employee. A judgment or settlement in favor of the employee would be distributed among all affected employees.

Before the June 15 ruling in Viking River Cruises v. Moriana, PAGA suits were exempt from forced arbitration. The 2014 California Supreme Court case Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles found that the state could not be bound to a mandatory arbitration agreement they had

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