Arbitration - Rights to Appeal

Arbitration Lawyer Austin Texas

Jan 3, 2013 — by Jeff Mundy
Tags: Arbitration

 

Applicable Law

Section 51.016 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code provides that in a matter subject to the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), a party may appeal from an interlocutory order of a district court "under the same circumstances that an appeal from a federal district court's order . . . would be permitted by 9 U.S.C. Section 16." TEX.CIV.PRAC.&REM.CODE ANN. § 51.016 (West Supp. 2012). Section 16 of the FAA identifies the types of orders from which an appeal may be taken. Pursuant to Section 16, an appeal may be taken from:

(1) an order--

(A) refusing a stay of any action under section 3 of this title,

(B) denying a petition under section 4 of this title to order arbitration to proceed,

(C) denying an application under section 206 of this title to compel arbitration,

(D) confirming or denying confirmation of an award or partial award, or

(E) modifying, correcting, or vacating an award;

(2) an interlocutory order granting, continuing, or modifying an injunction against an arbitration that is subject to this title; or

(3) a final decision with respect to an arbitration that is subject to this title.

9 U.S.C.A. § 16(a)(West 2009).

 

Discussion

When strictly construed, Section 51.016 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code does not permit an interlocutory appeal from a trial court's order deferring ruling on a motion to compel arbitration. As established above, Section 16 of the FAA refers only to orders denying an application to compel arbitration and not to orders postponing a ruling on a motion to compel arbitration. See 9 U.S.C.A. § 16 (no express provision authorizing appeal from trial court's postponement of ruling on a motion to compel arbitration under the FAA). Accordingly, an order deferring a ruling on a motion to compel arbitration is not appealable under Section 16. Because such an order is not appealable under the FAA, it is not an appealable order under Section 51.016. See TEX.CIV.PRAC.&REM.CODE ANN. § 51.016 (in matters subject to the FAA, an appeal is available only under the same circumstances that an appeal from federal district court's order would be permitted). We therefore conclude that the trial court's order permitting arbitration-related discovery is not reviewable by interlocutory appeal.

Readyone Industries Inc. v. Torres, (Tex. App. - El Paso 2012).

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