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Professor Sarah Cole quoted in Bloomberg Law article discussing Southwest Airlines high court case and arbitration

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Professor Sarah Cole, an expert in the area of alternative dispute resolution, was recently quoted in an article by Bloomberg Law titled, "Southwest’s High Court Case Can Widely Impact Worker Arbitration."

The high court will likely take the opportunity to rule that the arbitration exception should be viewed narrowly, said Sarah Rudolph Cole, a law professor at Ohio State University and director of the school’s Program on Dispute Resolution. She said the case has potential to make broad impact, particularly with the wide use of class action waivers in arbitration agreements.

She said the impact to the last-mile delivery drivers and gig workers will be the “big moneymaker.”

“The delivery driver issue is more common in the courts than a ramp supervisor, but the opinion could be expansive,” she said. “It’s clearly opening the door. The number of these decisions has gone up dramatically and the case with have ripple effects.”

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