Issue: (1) Is the contract for operation of an interstate business “a contract evidencing a transaction involving commerce” governed by the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA); (2) are arbitration-specific rules under Puerto Rico law that limit an arbitration clause to the subject matter of the underlying agreement and entitle a person to judicial enforcement of discrimination and retaliation claims preempted by the FAA; and (3) should questions of arbitrability be decided by the arbitrator when the parties select commercial arbitration rules that so provide?
On Monday morning the Court issued orders from its October 17 Conference. It granted review in three new cases and called for the views of the Solicitor General in one more. The Court's next Conference is scheduled for October 31. The November sitting begins November 3.