United States District Court, E.D. North Carolina, Western Division
JAMES C. DEVER, III, Chief District Judge.
On December 18, 2013, defendants Cashcall, Inc. and Delbert Services Corporation filed a joint motion to dismiss or in the alternative to stay and compel arbitration. See [D.E. 11]. On February 7, 2014, plaintiff Daniel Spuller responded in opposition. See [D.E. 14]. On February 24, 2014, defendants replied. See [D.E. 15].
Spuller has not plausibly alleged that either defendant obtained the forum selection clause by fraud or overreaching. See, e.g., Carnival Cruise Lines. Inc. v. Shute , 499 U.S. 585, 595 (1991); Scherk v. Alberto-Culver Co. , 417 U.S. 506, 519 (1974); Bryant Elec. Co. v. City of Fredericksburg , 762 F.2d 1192, 1197 (4th Cir. 1985); cf. Compl. [D.E. 1-3] ¶¶ 1-58; Fed.R.Civ.P. 9(b). Moreover, North Carolina public policy does not invalidate the forum selection clause. See, e.g., M/S Bremen v. Zapata Off-Shore Co. , 407 U.S. 1, 9-12 (1972); Albemarle Corp. v. AstraZeneca UK Ltd. , 628 F.3d 643, 650 (4th Cir. 2010). Finally, Spuller has not plausibly alleged that the claims at issue are not suitable for arbitration. See, e.g., Rent-A-Ctr., W., Inc. v. Jackson , 130 S.Ct. 2772, 2777-79 (2010); Buckeye Check Cashing. Inc. v. Cardegna. 546 U.S. 440 , 443-46 (2006); Green Tree Fin. Corp.-Alabama v. Randolph , 531 U.S. 79, 91-92 (2000).
In light of the contract's forum selection clause, the court GRANTS the motion to dismiss [D.E. 14]. See, e.g., Atl. Marine Constr. Co. v. U.S. Dist. Court for W. Dist. of Texas , 134 S.Ct. 568, ...