In Hodsdon v. DirecTV, LLC,No. C 12-02827 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 8, 2012), the court rejected an argument by consumers bringing a class action in court that an arbitration clause could not be enforced against them because their customer agreements had expired by the time plaintiffs’ claims arose.  Plaintiffs alleged that defendant had improperly maintained their personally-identifiable information after they had terminated their service contract.  Opposing defendant’s motion to compel arbitration, plaintiffs argued that no valid arbitration agreement existed because their customer agreements containing the arbitration clause had terminated by the time plaintiffs’ claims arose.  Rejecting that argument, the court found that arbitration agreements have a “life and validity separate and apart from the agreement in which they are imbedded.”  Here, the underlying contract stated that its term was “indefinite” and there was no expiration for the arbitration clause, even after termination of the contract.