Antonio Suarez, et al v. Uber Technologies, Inc.


Opinion issued by court as to Appellants Fernando Alegria, Hillary Mitchell, Judhit Santander and Antonio Suarez. Decision: Affirmed. Opinion type: Non-Published. Opinion method: Per Curiam. The opinion is also available through the Court's Opinions page at this link

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Case: 16-13263 Date Filed: 05/18/2017 Page: 1 of 2 [DO NOT PUBLISH] IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT ________________________ No. 16-13263 ________________________ D.C. Docket No. 8:16-cv-00166-JSM-MAP ANTONIO SUAREZ, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, FERNANDO ALEGRIA, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, HILLARY MITCHELL, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, JUDHIT SANTANDER, Plaintiffs – Appellants, versus UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Defendant – Appellee. ________________________ Appeals from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida ________________________ (May 18, 2017) Before JORDAN and JULIE CARNES, Circuit Judges, and SCHLESINGER, * District Judge. PER CURIAM: * The Honorable Harvey E. Schlesinger, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, sitting by designation. Case: 16-13263 Date Filed: 05/18/2017 Page: 2 of 2 The appellants, who previously worked as drivers for Uber Technologies, Inc., sued Uber asserting claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. § 7434, and the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, Fla. Stat. § 501.201 et seq. When Uber moved to compel arbitration in the district court, the drivers opposed the motion on the ground that the entire written agreement they had entered into was unconscionable under both California and Florida law. Now, on appeal, the drivers assert three new arguments. They argue that they are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act under 9 U.S.C. § 1, that the delegation clause is inapplicable because of the FAA exemption, and that the class waiver in Uber’s software agreement violates the National Labor Relations Act under 29 U.S.C. § 157. In exercise of our discretion, we choose not to address these arguments, which are raised for the first time on appeal. See Access Now, Inc. v. Sw. Airlines Co., 385 F.3d 1324, 1326 (11th Cir. 2004) (describing “a case that is wholly different” from the case litigated below). We therefore affirm the district court’s decision to compel arbitration. AFFIRMED. 2

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