Taherzadeh v. BHVT Motors Incorporated et al
ORDER granting 16 Defendants' Motion to Dismiss and that this action is dismissed with prejudice. The parties are ordered to arbitration in accordance with the terms of their Agreement. The court refers the issue of an award of attorney fees in connection with this motion to the arbitrator for resolution. Any other pending motions are denied as moot. Signed by Judge Robert E Jones on 3/17/11.(LSP)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA KOOROSH TAHERZADEH, an individual, Plaintiff, v. BHVT MOTORS, INC., ; ET AL., Defendants. Joshua K. Hatch COLLINS & COLLINS LLP 3241 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 1 Phoenix, AZ 85028 Attorney for Plaintiff Robert S. Oller LITTLER MENDELSON 2425 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 900 Phoenix, AZ 85016-2907 Attorney for Defendants ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )
Civil No. 2:11-cv-00168-REJ OPINION AND ORDER
JONES, Judge: This employment discrimination action is before the court on defendants' Rule 12(b)(1) motion (# 16) to dismiss and to compel arbitration. The Mutual Agreement to Arbitrate Claims ("Agreement"), Exhibit 1 to defendants' motion, is comprehensive and expressly covers the categories of claims plaintiff alleges in his complaint. I reject plaintiff's contention that the Agreement is an unenforceable contract of adhesion, and conclude that it is enforceable. The only remaining issue concerns the breadth of the Agreement, that is, whether it covers both the corporate defendant, Bell Honda, and the individual defendants. On March 8, 2011, I asked the parties how the Agreement applied to the individual defendants, and on March 10, 2011, received their response. I have considered the parties' positions, and conclude that defendants' position, that the individual defendants, who were management-level employees, are "agents" covered by the Agreement, is the correct one. The Agreement provides, as relevant: Bell Honda (the "Dealership") recognizes that employment disputes may arise from time to time. * * * All references to "Dealership" in this Agreement include Bell Honda's parent company or companies, its subsidiary and affiliated entities, its benefit plans, the benefit plans' sponsors, fiduciaries, administrators, affiliates and agents, and any and all successors and assigns of any of them. Defendants' Motion, Exhibit 1, p. 1 (emphasis added). Plaintiff makes no allegation that the individual employee defendants were acting outside the scope of their employment. To the contrary, plaintiff alleges that "[e]ach individual Defendant named herein was acting within their respective scope of employment for Defendant Bell Honda and did so while engaging in the behavior set forth herein." Complaint, ¶ 6.1. Consequently, I conclude that plaintiff's claims against all defendants are encompassed
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by the Agreement, and his remedy, if any, for the alleged harm must be pursued through the arbitration process. Accordingly, defendants' motion (# 16) is GRANTED and this action is dismissed with prejudice. The parties are ordered to arbitration in accordance with the terms of their Agreement. The court refers the issue of an award of attorney fees in connection with this motion to the arbitrator for resolution. Any other pending motions are denied as moot. IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED this 17th day of March, 2011.
/s/ Robert E. Jones ROBERT E. JONES U.S. District Judge
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