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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation v. Soler Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc.

United States Supreme Court
473 U.S. 614 (1985)


Facts

Soler Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc. (Soler) (defendant) entered an agreement to sell cars in the San Juan area with Chrysler International, S.A. (CISA), a joint venture involving Chrysler and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (Mitsubishi) (plaintiff). The agreement contained an arbitration clause to resolve disputes in Japan. Soler canceled orders for approximately 1,000 vehicles because of a downturn in sales. Mitsubishi sued in district court to compel arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act. Soler counterclaimed with claims under various antitrust statutes, including the Sherman Act. The district court ordered all claims to be arbitrated. The court of appeals reversed the district court’s order to the extent it required the antitrust claims to be arbitrated. The appellate court adopted the holding of American Safety Equipment Corp. v. J.P. Maguire & Co., 391 F.2d 821 (2d Cir. 1968), which held that antitrust laws were not appropriate for arbitration.

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