Fifth Circuit Finds Order Not “Final” For Purposes Of Appellate Jurisdiction

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that an order compelling arbitration and staying a related action was not an appealable “final decision with respect to arbitration” under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”).

Anthony Charles filed an action asserting substantive claims regarding construction of a home in Mississippi (“Charles I”). While it was pending, the defendants filed a separate action against Charles (“Charles II”), seeking to compel him to arbitrate the claims in Charles I. The court in Charles II granted the motion to compel, and ordered that the unresolved claims in Charles I be stayed pending arbitration. Charles appealed.

The Fifth Circuit held that it did not have jurisdiction over the appeal. The court noted that the FAA only allows courts to consider an appeal from a “final decision with respect to arbitration,” meaning one that “ends the litigation on the merits.” In ruling, the court found that furthering the strong interest in favor of arbitration required considering Charles II together with Charles I. Because the claims in Charles I were merely stayed by virtue of Charles II – not dismissed – the court held that the decision in Charles II could not be considered a “final appealable order” under the FAA.

Green Tree Servicing, LLC, et al. v. Anthony Charles, No. 17-60165 (5th Cir. Sept. 29, 2017)

 

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