Supremes rule on arbitration, environmental and appointed counsel cases

supremesToday the U.S. Supreme Court held that collective bargaining agreements that require employees to arbitration discrimination claims, thus waiving their right to sue on court, are enforceable as a matter of federal law. The 5-4 opinion, split down the Court’s ideological lines with Justice Anthony Kennedy joining Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion, came in 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett. More soon on that case from Lawyers USA.

The Court also held in Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc. that that EPA can rely on cost-benefit analysis in setting some of the national performance standards governing power plants.

In Harbison v. Bell the Court held that federally appointed counsel may represent their clients in state clemency proceedings and they are entitled to compensation for that representation.

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