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On Monday, the Supreme Court also declined to hear a challenge to New York state’s repeal of its religious exemption to required school vaccinations.
The Supreme Court also released a unanimous opinion, written by Justice Kagan, in the case of Morgan. v. Sundance.
The Court holds that the Eighth Circuit in this case was incorrect to condition a waiver of the right to arbitrate on a showing of prejudice.
This was a case in which a Taco Bell franchise brought a collective action against the franchise owner for violating federal labor laws. Taco Bell defended itself however did not raise the arbitration agreement for several months. When the company eventually did raise the arbitration agreement the employed argued the company had waived its right to arbitrate by waiting too long.
The Eighth Circuit sent the case to arbitration arguing the employed hadn’t been harmed in the delay but today the Supreme Court unanimously vacated the ruling.
The Supreme Court also ruled 6-3 in the case of Shinn v. Ramirez.
The Court held that under federal law a court can’t consider evidence beyond the state-court record based on the ineffective assistance of state post-conviction counsel.