Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Chad A. Stegeman (argued) and Kristin A. Liska , Deputy Attorneys General; Michelle M. Mitchell , Supervising Deputy Attorney General; Thomas S. Patterson , Senior Assistant Attorney General; Xavier Becerra ; Attorney General of California; Office of the California Attorney General, San Francisco, California; Joshua A. Klein , Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, Oakland, California; for Defendants-Appellants.
Andrew J. Pincus (argued), Archis A. Parasharami , and Daniel E. Jones , Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, D.C.; Donald Falk , Schaerr Jaffe LLP, San Francisco, California; Maurice Baskin , Littler Mendelson PC, Washington, D.C.; Bruce J. Sarchet , Littler Mendelson, Sacramento, California; for Plaintiffs-Appellees.
Cliff M. Palefsky , Keith Ehrman , and Matt Koski , McGuinn Hillsman & Palefsky, San Francisco, California, for Amicus Curiae California Employment Lawyers Association.
George W. Abele and Deisy Castro , Paul Hastings LLP, Los Angeles, California, for Amicus Curiae California Employment Law Council.
Dylan B. Carp and Scott P. Jang , Jackson Lewis PC, San Francisco, California; Angelo I. Amador , Restaurant Law Center, Washington, D.C.; for Amici Curiae Restaurant Law Center and California Restaurant Association.
Barbara J. Miller and Kevin J. Bohm , Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Costa Mesa, California; Thomas M. Peterson , Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, San Francisco, California; for Amicus Curiae Employers Group.
Fred Hiestand , Fred J. Hiestand APC, Sacramento, California, for Amicus Curiae Civil Justice Association of California.
Dissent by Judge Lucero
IKUTA, Circuit Judge:
California enacted Assembly Bill 51 (AB 51) to protect employees from what it called "forced arbitration" by making it a criminal offense for an employer to require an existing employee or an applicant for employment to consent to arbitrate specified claims as a condition of employment. But AB 51 criminalizes...
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