High Court's Ruling in 'Edwards' Leaves Silver Lining for Employers

The general release agreement is ubiquitous in California; the vast majority of disputes that wend their way through our court system are resolved by settlement, where one or both parties agree to waive "any and all" claims that may exist in its or their favor. Given how often general release agreements are used, it is somewhat surprising that a recent case decided by the California Supreme Court did not receive more attention. In that case, Edwards v. Arthur Andersen, the Supreme Court reviewed a lower court's decision to invalidate a general release agreement as inherently and fatally flawed under California law.

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