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Arthur Andersen, LLP v. Carlisle
On May 4, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that those who are the intended beneficiaries of an arbitration agreement are permitted to enforce the agreement in federal court under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), even when they are not among those who signed the agreement. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging the Court to overturn an appeals court decision that had refused to permit nonsignatories to invoke the FAA. The Supreme Court agreed with WLF that permitting enforcement by nonsignatories is in accord with the federal policy that strongly favors enforcement of arbitration agreements. FAA 3 permits parties to file motions to stay federal litigation pending arbitration; FAA 4 permits them to file motions to compel arbitration. The Court held that FAA 16 permits interlocutory appeal from denial of motions under 3 & 4. The Court also held that nothing in 3 or 4 categorically bars nonsignatories from seeking to enforce arbitration agreemen
Case Status:
Victory.
More Information and Downloads:
12/29/2008: Download the Brief
Press Release: Court Urged to Permit Nonsignatories to Enforce Arbitration Agreements
Litigation Update: Court Permits Nonsignatories to Enforce Arbitration Agreements
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