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ATLANTIC MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. v. USDC WD TX

Docket No.: 12-929
Certiorari Granted: Apr 1 2013
Argued: October 9, 2013
Decided: December 3, 2013

Topics:

Arbitration, Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, abuse of discretion, copyright, patent, res judicata

PartyNames: Atlantic Marine Construction Company, Inc. v. United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, et al.
Petitioner: Atlantic Marine Construction Company, Inc.
Respondent: United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Citation: 701 F.3d 736
Supreme Court Docket

Atlantic Marine Construction Company, Inc.
v.
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, et al.
Question Presented:

1. Did the Court's decision in Stewart Organization, Inc. v. Ricoh Corp., 487 U.S. 22 (1988), change the standard for enforcement of clauses that designate an alternative federal forum, limiting review of such clauses to a discretionary, balancing-of-conveniences analysis under 28 U.S.C. ยง 1404(a)? 2. If so, how should district courts allocate the burdens of proof among parties seeking to enforce or to avoid a forum-selection clause?

ATLANTIC MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. v. USDC WD TX
ORAL ARGUMENT

October 9, 2013

Listen to Oral Argument in ATLANTIC MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. v. USDC WD TX
Holding: REVERSED AND REMANDED
Vote: 9-0
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