California Federal Court Rejects Unconscionability Claims, Enforces Delegation Clauses……

Two former Aon employees sued Aon, claiming restrictive covenants in agreements they entered into with the company were void, illegal, and unenforceable. Aon moved to compel arbitration per arbitration provisions in the relevant contracts. The plaintiffs argued that the arbitration provisions were both procedurally and substantively unconscionable, and thus unenforceable. In response, Aon pointed to “delegation clauses” in the provisions, pursuant to which disputes about gateway arbitrability issues are to be decided by an arbitrator. The plaintiffs claimed the delegation clauses were also unconscionable, but the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California disagreed.

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