Gaines v. Copart, Inc.
ORDER granting 7 Joint Motion Refer to Arbitration. Signed by District Judge Debra M. Brown on 1/6/21. (jla)
Case: 3:20-cv-00320-DMB-RP Doc #: 9 Filed: 01/06/21 1 of 1 PageID #: 21
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
HOLLEY C. GAINES
On January 6, 2021, Holley C. Gaines and Copart, Inc., filed a joint motion to refer to
arbitration Gaines’ claims alleging Copart’s violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the
Family Medical Leave Act.1 Doc. #7. The motion represents that Gaines and Copart “are parties
to a written agreement to resolve the Complaint’s claims by arbitration under the applicable rules
of the American Arbitration Association” and that “[t]here has been no default in proceeding with
such arbitration.” Id.
The Federal Arbitration Act “provides that written arbitration agreements are generally
valid, irrevocable, and enforceable, save upon such grounds as exist at law or in equity for the
revocation of any contract.” Robertson v. Intratek Comput., Inc., 976 F.3d 575, 579 (5th Cir. 2020)
(internal quotation marks omitted). Given the parties’ representation that a written arbitration
agreement covers Gaines’ claims against Copart, the joint motion  is GRANTED. This case is
REFERRED to arbitration.
SO ORDERED, this 6th day of January, 2021.
/s/Debra M. Brown
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
On January 6, 2021, United States Magistrate Judge Roy Percy granted the parties’ joint motion to stay this case
pending the completion of arbitration. Doc. #8.
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