Poublon v. C.H. Robinson Co.

846 F.3d 1251 (2017)

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Poublon v. C.H. Robinson Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
846 F.3d 1251 (2017)

Facts

Lorrie Poublon (plaintiff) was an employee with C.H. Robinson Company and C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (Robinson) (defendants). As part of her employment, Poublon entered into an arbitration agreement with Robinson. The agreement covered all employment disputes. A dispute-resolution provision in the agreement stated that a party’s discovery would be limited to an exchange of all relevant documents and three allotted depositions. Additional discovery was available if a party could show good cause for the expanded discovery. An employment dispute arose between Poublon and Robinson, and Poublon filed suit in federal district court. Robinson moved to stay proceedings and to compel arbitration under the arbitration agreement. Among other claims, Poublon argued that the discovery limitations in the dispute-resolution provision were unconscionable because they allowed less discovery than the federal rules and kept her from fairly arbitrating her claims. The district court denied Robinson’s motion, finding that the dispute-resolution provision was unconscionable. Robinson appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Ikuta, J.)

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