GLASSMAN, EDWARDS, WYATT, TUTTLE & COX, P.C. v. B. J. WADE ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 30, 2013

Court: TN Supreme Court

Attorneys 1:

Adam Jacob Eckstein, David Clark Wade, and Matthew Paul Gabriel, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellants, B. J. Wade and Shannon Crowe.

Attorneys 2:

John A. Day and R. Burke Keaty II, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellee, Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, P.C.

Judge(s): HOLDER

A law firm filed suit against a former partner and a former paralegal. Both former employees filed motions to compel arbitration. The trial court consolidated the cases and stayed discovery except as to the issue of whether the cases were subject to arbitration. Subsequently, the trial court ordered the parties to engage in mediation and to disclose “all necessary documents to conduct a meaningful attempt at resolution” despite the prior order limiting discovery. After the trial court denied their motion to vacate the order, the former partner and paralegal sought an extraordinary appeal to the Court of Appeals under Rule 10 of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, which was denied. We granted extraordinary appeal. We hold that the trial court erred in ordering discovery without limiting the scope of discovery to the issue of arbitrability, in contravention of the unambiguous language of the Tennessee Uniform Arbitration Act, and erred in referring the parties to mediation in an effort to resolve all issues. We vacate the order of the trial court, and we remand the case to the trial court for a determination on the motions to compel arbitration.

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