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Ryan's Family Steak Houses v. Walker (Erric) et al.

Close Date: 11/28/2005
Topic(s): Arbitration
Workers' Rights
Status: closed
Date Of Involvement: 10/01/2005
Docket: 04-1672

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In this case, the Sixth Circuit found an arbitration clause used in Ryan’s Steak Family Houses employment contracts unenforceable on a number of grounds, including unconscionability, lack of mutuality, and structural bias. The contract requires Ryan’s employees to arbitrate all disputes through EDSI, a for-profit corporation that receives 42% of its income from fees paid by Ryan’s. Ryan’s attempted to get the Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision. Public Citizen was co-counsel for the respondent and the Court denied the petition.