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Barras V. Bb&T: Charting A Clear Path To Apply Concepcion Through A Quagmire Of Divergent Approaches, Jacob Johnson Mar 2013

Barras V. Bb&T;: Charting A Clear Path To Apply Concepcion Through A Quagmire Of Divergent Approaches, Jacob Johnson

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A recent series of Supreme Court opinions, climaxing in the landmark case AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, has undermined the validity of applying unconscionability to arbitration agreements and generated divergent opinions in lower courts. The saving clause of the Federal Arbitration Act of 1927, 9 U.S.C. § 2 (FAA saving clause), states that "an agreement in writing to submit to arbitration ... shall be valid, irrevocable, and enforceable, save upon such grounds as exist ... for the revocation of any contract." Until Concepcion, unconscionability was an established ground for revoking arbitration agreements under the FAA saving clause. In …