Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Appellate Jurisdiction and Review Standards on Appeal of Motion to Compel Arbitration

Berthel Fisher & Co. Fin. Servs., Inc. v. Larmon, 695 F.3d 749 (8th Cir. 2012):

"We have jurisdiction to review the denial of a motion to compel arbitration as an interlocutory appeal within the scope of 28 U.S.C. § 1292(a)(1)." McNamara v. Yellow Transp., Inc., 570 F.3d 950, 954 (8th Cir. 2009). "We review de novo the denial of a motion to compel arbitration." CD Partners, LLC v. Grizzle, 424 F.3d 795, 798 (8th Cir. 2005). Likewise, we review de novo the district court's legal conclusions in granting a motion for a preliminary injunction. Sierra Club v. U.S. Army Corps of Eng'rs, 645 F.3d 978, 989 (8th Cir. 2011). "When reviewing the enforcement of an arbitration agreement, we determine only whether there is a valid arbitration agreement and whether the dispute at issue falls within the terms of that agreement." Franke v. Poly-America Med. & Dental Benefits Plan, 555 F.3d 656, 658 (8th Cir. 2009).

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