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SDF Attorneys Obtain Favorable Opinion From Supreme Court of Alabama

February 3, 2017

Starnes attorneys Warren Butler, Sybil Newton, and Amber Whillock recently obtained a favorable opinion from the Supreme Court of Alabama reversing and remanding a trial court’s denial of a client’s request to compel arbitration of claims filed against his business in Baldwin County, Alabama. The Alabama Supreme Court confirmed previous case law holding that the AAA Rules provide an arbitrator with the authority to determine their own jurisdiction. As such, the Court held that where a contract clearly and unmistakably evidences the parties’ agreement to invoke the rules of the AAA should a dispute arise, the parties thereby also agreed for the arbitrator to decide issues of arbitrability.

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