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Domestic Uniform Rental Loses at Michigan Court of Appeals

Last year I resolved a case against Domestic Uniform Rental involving its standard contract, which contains a mandatory arbitration clause. On January 22, 2013 the Michigan Court of Appeals, in a case titled Fuego Grill, LLC and Samuel Alvarado v. Domestic Uniform Rental held that courts, not the arbitrator, are able to decide the existence of the contract to arbitrate. If the trial court determines that there is not an agreement to arbitrate (due to fraud in the execution of the contract, as alleged by Mr. Alvarado), the arbitrator loses jurisdiction to hear the case. You can view the entire Court of Appeals holding here. Domestic Uniform Rental sues businesses for breach of its contract, but now will have to make its case in court, rather than an arbitration hearing.

If your business has a dispute with Domestic Uniform, do not hesitate to contact attorney J. Joseph Rossi at Drew, Cooper & Anding.

Amanda Narvaes

Amanda Narvaes

Amanda P. Narvaes, a Partner, joined Drew Cooper & Anding in 2011. Ms. Narvaes is a civil litigator in the areas of complex commercial litigation, lender liability, copyright litigation, and consumer protection. She graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in history. She earned her law degree at WMU-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and received Cooley’s Distinguished Student Award. Ms. Narvaes represents clients before Michigan trial courts across the state and in the Michigan Court of Appeals, and before the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Narvaes has been a guest speaker in Ron Foster’s “Litigation for Paralegals” class. Ms. Narvaes discusses differences between Federal civil discovery rules and Michigan civil discovery rules.