Ventosa Kennels, Inc et al v. Franklin et al
ORDER granting 9 Motion to Compel Arbitration and Motion to Dismiss, or in the Alternative, Stay Litigation - The court GRANTS defendants' motion to compel arbitration. The court STAYS the action pending arbitration of plaintiffs' claims. The parties shall notify this court upon concluding the arbitration. Signed by Chief Judge James C. Dever III on 10/5/2014. (Tripp, S.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
VENTOSA KENNELS, INC.,
and TENNESSEE BOWLING,
JEFFREY SCOTT FRANKLIN,
ULRIKA FRANKLIN, and
COBRA CANINE, L.L.C.,
On July 21, 2014, defendants moved for an order compelling plaintiffs to arbitrate their
claims against defendants. See [D.E. 9]. Defendants also filed a memorandum in support of the
motion. See [D.E. 10]. On August 31, 2014, plaintiffs responded in opposition [D.E. 14]. On
September 15, 2014, defendants replied [D .E. 15] and filed an affidavit from Jeffrey Scott Franklin.
See [D.E. 16]. On September 22,2014, plaintiffs filed an affidavit from Tennessee Bowling. See
[D.E. 18]. As explained below, the court grants the motion to compel arbitration.
The record demonstrates: (1) the existence of a dispute between the parties; (2) a written
business purchase agreement between Vento sa Kennels, Inc. and Cobra Canine, L.L. C. that includes
an arbitration provision purporting to cover the dispute and that is enforceable under general
provisions of contract law; (3) the relationship of the transaction, as evidenced by the written
agreement, to interstate commerce; and (4) plaintiffs' refusal to arbitrate the dispute. Thus, the court
grants the motion to compel arbitration.
Marmet Health Care Ctr.. Inc. v. Brown, 132 S.
Ct. 1201, 1202--03 (2012) (per curiam); CompuCredit Com. v. Greenwood, 132 S. Ct. 665, 669
(2012); AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740, 1744 (2011); Citizens Bank v.
Alafabco. Inc., 539 U.S. 52, 56-58 (2003); Green Tree Fin. Corp.-Ala. v. Randolph, 531 U.S. 79,
91-92 (2000); Santoro v. Accenture Fed. Servs .. LLC, 748 F.3d 217, 221 (4th Cir. 2014);
Rota-McLarty v. Santander Consumer USA. Inc., 700 F.3d 690, 697-98 (4th Cir. 2012); Levin v.
Alms & Assocs., Inc., 634 F.3d 260,267 (4th Cir. 2011); J.J. Ryan & Sons. Inc. v. Rhone Poulenc
Textile, S.A., 863 F.2d 315,321 (4th Cir. 1988); Newman v. First Montauk Fin. Corp., No. 7:08CV-116-D, 2010 WL2933281, at *7-8 (E.D.N.C. July23, 2010) (unpublished); Aspen Spa Props ..
LLC v. Int'l Design Concepts. LLC, 527 F. Supp. 2d 469,473 (E.D.N.C. 2007). Moreover, all of
the disputes between plaintiffs and defendants arise under the business purchase agreement
containing the arbitration provision. See Compl. [D.E. 1-1] ~~ 1-84. Thus, a significant relationship
exists between the asserted claims and the business purchase agreement. See, ~, Levin, 634 F .3d
at 266-69; Long v. Silver, 248 F.3d 309, 319-21 (4th Cir. 2001); J.J. Ryan & Sons. Inc., 863 F.2d
at 320--21. Accordingly, all disputes between the parties are subject to arbitration.
248 F.3d at 320--21; Roby v. Corp. of Lloyd's, 996 F.2d 1353, 1360 (2d Cir. 1993) ("Courts in this
and other circuits consistently have held that employees or disclosed agents of an entity that is a party
to an arbitration agreement are protected by that agreement."); Arnold v. Arnold Corp.-Printed
Comms. For Bus., 920 F.2d 1269, 1281-82 (6th Cir. 1990) (same); J.J. Ryan & Sons. Inc., 863 F.2d
In sum, the court GRANTS defendants' motion to compel arbitration [D.E. 9]. The court
STAYS the action pending arbitration of plaintiffs' claims. The parties shall notify this court upon
concluding the arbitration.
SO ORDERED. This ...s_ day of October 2014.
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