The Ninth Circuit recently concluded that a district court improperly dismissed a consumer class action pursuant to an arbitration agreement between a wireless provider and its customers, holding that the agreement’s class action waiver was unconscionable and therefore unenforceable under Oregon law. The court found that the waiver was substantively unconscionable for two reasons. First, the waiver was unilateral in effect: “It can hardly be imagined that T-Mobile or its suppliers would ever want or need to bring a class action against T-Mobile’s customers.” Second, the class action waiver created a disincentive to litigate since the actual damges alleged were below $700 a year. Given the small size of the individual claims covered by the agreement, the waiver made it impracticable for customers to vindicate their rights in court. The court also found that under the arbitration agreement the class action waiver was not severable since the agreement itself included a provision prohibiting severance of the waiver. Chalk v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., No. 06-35909 (9th Cir. Mar. 27, 2009).