A January 10 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Credit Repair Organizations Act doesn’t prohibit enforcement of mandatory arbitration provisions that bar class actions could have an effect on another recent case.

Burt M. Rublin, a partner at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia who concentrates his practice on class actions, said that the case could have potential ramifications for the D.R. Horton case, decided by the National Labor Relations Board on January 6. In that case, the NLRB held that D.R. Horton Inc.'s mandatory arbitration procedure, which included a class action waiver, violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act.

“That logic is directly applicable here. Just as with CROA, there is no provision in the National Labor Relations Act that expressly or explicitly precludes an arbitration clause,” Mr. Rublin said.