United States District Court, W.D. North Carolina, Asheville Division
MEMORANDUM OF DECISION AND ORDER
MARTIN REIDINGER, District Judge.
THIS MATTER is before the Court on the Defendants Schotten Fenster, LLC's and Vinny Curran's ("Defendants'") Motion to Stay Proceedings and Compel Arbitration Pursuant to 9 USCS § 3. [Doc. 15]. Bronco Construction, Inc. ("Plaintiff") has filed a Response to such motion, [Doc. 18], and the Defendants have replied [Doc. 20].
I. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
The Plaintiff initiated this action in Henderson County Superior Court on August 15, 2014, asserting claims of fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and breach of contract against the Defendants. [Doc. 1-1]. The Defendants Frazier Hollis and Hollis Architectural Products, LLC removed this case to this Court on September 19, 2014. [Doc. 1].
This case arises from an agreement between the parties for the provision of "high-end, custom windows and doors for a large residential construction project at Lake Toxaway." [Doc. 18 at 1]. The Plaintiff is a construction company which builds custom homes in Western North Carolina and Florida. [Doc. 1-1]. Vinny Curran resides in Colorado and is the president of Schotten Fenster, LLC, which has its principal place of business in Colorado. [Doc. 17 at 2]. The Plaintiff entered into a contract with Defendant Schotten Fenster, LLC [Doc. 1-1 at 13-15] which contained the following provision:
Disputes. In the event of any disputes between Buyer and Seller, or their assignees, such dispute shall be decided by binding arbitration by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules in effect as of the commencement of the arbitration.
(a) The arbitration hearing shall be held in the City and County of Denver, Colorado...
(c) In the event of any litigation between the parties, including an action to enforce the arbitration award, venue shall be in the County in which the arbitration hearing was conducted and the parties waive their rights to object to venue in any such court, regardless of the convenience or inconvenience thereof to any party. The parties hereby consent to personal jurisdiction in Colorado...
[Doc. 1-1]. The Plaintiff paid two payments to the Defendant Schotten Fenster, LLC, totaling $371, 609.00. [Doc. 1-1 at 5, Doc. 17 at 7]. By August 2014, Schotten Fenster, LLC had not delivered the windows and doors for the project. [Doc. 1-1 at 7, Doc. 17 at 10].
On November 7, 2014, the Defendants Schotten Fenster, LLC and Vinny Curran filed their Motion to Stay Proceedings and Compel Arbitration Pursuant to 9 USCS § 3 [Doc. 15], and the Plaintiff responded in opposition to such motion on November 23, 2014 [Doc. 18]. The Defendants Schotten Fenster, LLC and Vinny Curran have replied. [Doc. 20].
This matter is now ripe for disposition.
According to the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA"), § 2:
A written provision in any maritime transaction or a contract evidencing a transaction involving commerce to settle by arbitration a controversy thereafter arising out of such contract or transaction, or the refusal to perform the whole or any part thereof, or an agreement in writing to submit to arbitration an existing controversy arising out of such a contract, transaction, or refusal, shall be valid, ...