No. 22-16868.

95 F.4th 1188 (2024)

Shannon McBURNIE; April Spruell, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. RAC ACCEPTANCE EAST, LLC, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed March 14, 2024.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert F. Friedman, I (argued), Littler Mendelson PC, Dallas, Texas; Julie M. McGoldrick and Shannon R. Boyce , Littler Mendelson PC, Los Angeles, California; Kaitlyn M. Burke , Upbound Group Inc., Plano, Texas; Kevin Ranlett , Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, D.C.; Matthew G. Ball , K&L Gates LLP, San Francisco, California; Wai H. Wong and Caitlin C. Blanche , K&L Gates LLP, Irvine, California; for Defendant-Appellant.

Michael Rubin (argued), Connie K. Chan , and Christine M. Salazar , Altshuler Berzon LLP, San Francisco, California; James T. Hannink and Zachariah P. Dostart , Dostart Hannink LLP, La Jolla, California; for Plaintiffs-Appellees.

Peter B. Rutledge, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia; Jennifer B. Dickey and Jordan L. Von Borken, United States Chamber Litigation Center, Washington, D.C.; Deborah R. White, Retail Litigation Center Inc., Washington, D.C.; Stephanie A. Martz, National Retail Federation, Washington, D.C.; for Amici Curiae Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, Retail Litigation Center Inc., and National Retail Federation.

Before: William A. Fletcher, Richard C. Tallman, and Kenneth K. Lee, Circuit Judges.


Plaintiffs brought a putative class action alleging that defendant RAC Acceptance East, LLC ("RAC") charged two fees that violated California consumer protection laws. After more than a year of discovery and multiple rounds of settlement negotiations, RAC moved to compel arbitration of the named plaintiffs...

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