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 http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions.
Date Filed: 05/18/2017
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[DO NOT PUBLISH]
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT
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,
Plaintiffs – Appellants,
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, *
The Honorable Harvey E. Schlesinger, United States District Judge for the Middle
District of Florida, sitting by designation.
Date Filed: 05/18/2017
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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.
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