Malik v. Equifax Information Services, LLC et al
ORDER denying 51 plaintiff's MOTION for Certification for Immediate Appeal filed by Jason M. Malik [E-Filer] Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh. (MBea)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
JASON M. MALIK,
Case No. 16-10477
HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH
SERVICES, LLC et al.,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR
CERTIFICATION FOR IMMEDIATE APPEAL (DOC. 51)
This matter is presently before the Court on plaintiff’s motion to certify
an order for immediate appeal. (Doc. 51). Plaintiff seeks appellate review
of the Court’s July 19, 2016 opinion and order granting in part and denying
in part Defendant RAC Acceptance East, LLC d/b/a Acceptance Now’s
(RAC) motion to dismiss and compel arbitration. (Doc. 47). The Court did
not dismiss the claims against RAC, but stayed the proceedings, “to the
extent that they concern defendant RAC,” and ordered “that any threshold
arbitrability challenges raised by plaintiff be arbitrated in accordance with
the terms of the arbitration agreement.” (Id. at 12). For the reasons stated
below, plaintiff’s motion is DENIED.
Interlocutory orders staying litigation pending arbitration are not
immediately appealable. See 9 U.S.C. § 16(b); Floss v. Ryan’s Family
Steak Houses, Inc., 211 F.3d 306, 311 (6th Cir. 2000). But, the Court may
certify its order for appeal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) if “such order
involves a controlling question of law as to which there is substantial
ground for difference of opinion and that an immediate appeal from the
order may materially advance the ultimate termination of the litigation.” 28
U.S.C. § 1292(b).
Plaintiff’s motion fails because there is no substantial ground for
difference of opinion on the Court’s order. The Court was quite gracious
with plaintiff in composing this order. The Court conducted a thorough
analysis of the sole issue; the validity of the delegation clause. To
determine this issue, the Court must determine (1) whether plaintiff raised
arbitrability challenges concerning the delegation clause itself and (2)
whether any of these arbirtrability challenges have merit. (Doc. 47 at 9).
Though, “at first blush,” plaintiff did not appear to satisfy the first
component, the Court assumed, for the sake of argument, that plaintiff’s
argument concerning the rejection letter constituted a proper challenge to
the delegation clause. (Doc. 47 at 9). Proceeding to the second matter,
the Court went so far as to accept plaintiff’s allegations and evidence for
the purpose of the opinion and order at issue, even though the Court was
not required to do so. (See Doc. 47 at 11, n.6). Nonetheless, plaintiff failed
to raise a genuine dispute of material fact. Plaintiff did not dispute the
terms of the copy of the Arbitration Agreement provided by RAC. Further,
plaintiff did not dispute that he was required to mail a rejection notice by
February 3, 2012 nor state that he did mail the letter in question by this
date. Thus, the Court found that there was no genuine dispute that plaintiff
failed to exercise the right-to-reject clause. As a result, plaintiff’s
arbitrability challenged lacked merit, the delegation clause is valid, and the
parties must submit to arbitration. There is no substantial ground for
difference of opinion on this matter.
Therefore, plaintiff’s motion is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: January 19, 2017
s/George Caram Steeh
GEORGE CARAM STEEH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
January 19, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail and also
Jason Malik, 13621 Jenny Dr., Warren, MI 48088.
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