March 9, 2009
Supreme Court decides Vaden
SCOTUS Blog reports that the Supreme Court "ruled that a firm seeking to compel arbitration of a dispute may take
the case to a federal District Court only if the underlying controversy
could have been litigated in federal court. A federal court has no
jurisdiction, Justice Ginsburg wrote for the Court, to order
arbitration of “a slice of a controversy when the controversy as a
whole” would be beyond its reach."
I'll post a link to the opinion soon: Click here to download the opinion.
The case is Vaden v. Discover Bank. If the oral argument is any indication, the opinion will be interesting indeed. ---RR