Barclays, Law Firm Force Old-Debt Fight Into Arbitration

Law360 (April 30, 2019, 5:26 PM EDT) -- Barclays Bank Delaware and a Massachusetts law firm on Tuesday won their bid to dismiss a proposed class action that accused them of unlawfully suing customers over time-barred debt, as a Boston federal judge ruled the credit card holder who brought the case signed a valid arbitration pact.

U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said the record supported that the plaintiff, Ellen Marie Christensen of Lawrence, Massachusetts, accepted an arbitration clause and a class action waiver in Barclays' cardholder agreement, meaning Christensen's claims must be arbitrated on an individual basis.

"The court expects that arbitration will resolve plaintiff’s individual claims and sees...

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