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Valencia v. Smyth, B216753

In plaintiffs' suit against real estate agents, title companies, and others, arising from a real estate transaction, trial court's judgment is affirmed where: 1) based on the plain meaning of the arbitration provision, the parties agreed that the California Arbitration Act (CAA), not the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), would govern the arbitration; and 2) trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying arbitration given the possibility of conflicting rulings if the claims against defendant-agents had been arbitrated and the claims against the remaining defendants had been adjudicated in court.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/01/2010
  • Published 06/01/2010



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Michael J. Perry for Defendants and Appellants., Gilbert & Nguyen and Jonathan T. Nguyen for Plaintiffs and Respondents.
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