Ninth Circuit Opinion, Case #:  15-16881

Submitted by DCGadmin on Fri, 2017-12-22 10:12
Appeal from the District Court of Guam (case 13-cv-00015), Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, Chief District Judge, Presiding.

The Ninth Circuit panel AFFIRMED the district court’s order denying a motion to compel arbitration in a maritime action arising from the death of a seaman in the sinking of a fishing vessel.

A defendant sought arbitration based on an employment agreement between the seaman and the vessel’s owner. Pursuant to a contract with the owner, the defendant supplied the vessel’s crew and supervised its repairs and maintenance.