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Douglass v. Pflueger Hawaii, Inc.

Hawaii Supreme Court
135 P.3d 129 (2006)


Pflueger Hawaii, Inc. (Pflueger) (defendant), a company that owned and operated an Acura car dealership in Honolulu, hired Adrian Douglass (plaintiff) to work as a lot technician. At the time of his employment Douglass was a 17-year-old high school graduate, but legally a minor in the State of Hawaii. At a new employee training session, Douglass signed an acknowledgement in the Pflueger Employee Handbook that he agreed to have any claim arising out of his employment to be settled by arbitration. Approximately four months later, Douglass was injured on the job. Douglass filed a five-count civil suit against Pflueger in state trial court. Pflueger filed a motion to stay the suit and to compel Douglass to arbitration in accordance with the signed employee handbook acknowledgment. The trial court granted Pflueger’s motion and Douglass appealed. The Hawaii Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Moon, C.J.)

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