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Docket Number 16-32
Term 2016
Full Name Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation v. Janis E. Clark
Short Name Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation v. Janis E. Clark
Petitioner Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation
Respondent Janis E. Clark
Date Argued (Reargued) Feb. 22, 2017
Date Decided

Question Presented

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) provides that arbitration agreements "shall be valid, irrevocable, and enforceable, save upon such grounds as exist at law or in equity for the revocation of any contract." 9 U.S.C. § 2 (emphasis added). That provision requires states to "place [] arbitration contracts 'on equal foot(cid:173)ing with all other contracts."' DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, 136 S. Ct. 463, 468 (2015) (quoting Buckeye Check Cashing, Inc. v. Cardegna, 546 U.S. 440, 443 (2006)). The Supreme Court of Kentucky here refused to enforce the parties' arbitration agreements because it held that the attorneys-in-fact who signed those agreements lacked authority to enter into arbitration agreements-despite broad powers of attorney, including the power to make "contracts"-because those agreements waive a "divine God-given right" to a jury trial. App., infra, 43a. The court concluded that only an express mention of arbitration agreements in the power of attorney permits an attorney(cid:173) in-fact to bind her principal to an arbitration agreement (Ibid.), even though Kentucky law does not require such an express mention of any other type of contract. The question presented is: Whether the FAA preempts a state-law contract rule that singles out arbitration by requiring a power of attorney to expressly refer to arbitration agreements before the attorney- in-fact can bind her principal to an arbitration agreement.

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Case Events

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32 2017-02-22 Argued. For petitioners: Andrew J. Pincus, Washington, D. C. For respondents: Robert E. Salyer, Lexington, Ky.
31 2017-02-06 Reply of petitioners Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation, et al. filed. (Distributed)
30 2017-01-19 Supplemental brief of respondents Janis E. Clark, et al. filed. (Distributed)
29 2017-01-17 CIRCULATED.
28 2017-01-17 Record received from the Court of Appeals of Kentucky (1 envelope).
27 2017-01-13 Brief amici curiae of AARP,et al. filed. (Distributed)
26 2017-01-13 Brief amicus curiae of Public Citizen, Inc. filed.
25 2017-01-13 Brief amicus curiae of Arbitration Scholar Imre S.Szalai filed.
24 2017-01-13 Brief amici curiae of American Association for Justice, and Kentucky Justice Association filed.
23 2017-01-11 Record received from the Supreme Court of Kentucky, 1 Box.
22 2017-01-06 Brief of respondents Janis E. Clark, et al. filed.
21 2016-12-30 Record requested from the Supreme Court of Kentucky.
20 2016-12-22 SET FOR ARGUMENT on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
19 2016-12-14 Brief amicus curiae of The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America filed.
18 2016-12-14 Brief amici curiae of American Health Care Association and The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities filed.
17 2016-12-12 Brief amici curiae of Genesis Healthcare, Inc, et al. filed.
16 2016-12-07 Brief of petitioners Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation, et al. filed.
15 2016-12-07 Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
14 2016-10-28 Petition GRANTED.
13 2016-10-24 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 28, 2016.
12 2016-10-21 Supplemental brief of petitioners Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation, et al. filed. (Distributed)
11 2016-10-11 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 14, 2016.
10 2016-10-04 Rescheduled.
9 2016-09-21 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 7, 2016.
8 2016-09-20 Reply of petitioners Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation, et al. filed.
7 2016-09-06 Brief of respondents Janis E. Clark, et al. in opposition filed.
6 2016-08-05 Brief amici curiae of Genesis Healthcare, Inc, et al. filed.
5 2016-08-05 Brief amici curiae of American Health Care Association and The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities filed.
4 2016-07-29 Order extending time to file response to petition to and including September 6, 2016.
3 2016-07-01 Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 5, 2016)
2 2016-05-09 Application (15A1154) granted by Justice Kagan extending the time to file until July 1, 2016.
1 2016-05-06 Application (15A1154) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from May 18, 2016 to July 1, 2016, submitted to Justice Kagan.

Case Counsels

Name Party Name Description Address Phone Type
Andrew J. Pincus Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership. dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation, et al. Counsel of Record Mayer Brown LLP 1999 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 apincus@mayerbrown.com (202) 263-3000 petitioner
Donald L. Miller II. Genesis Healthcare, Inc, et al. Amicus Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer PA 9300 Shelbyville Road, Suite 400 Louisville, KY 40222 dmiller@qpwblaw.com (502) 423-6390 other
Imre S Szalai Arbitration Scholar Imre S..Szalai Amicus Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 901 New Orleans, LA 70118 iszalai@loyno.edu (504) 861-5589 other
James F. Segroves American Health Care Association and The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities Amicus Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC 401 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 550 Washington, DC 20004 jsegroves@health-law.com (202) 580-7700 other
Robert E. Salyer Janis E. Clark, et al. Counsel of Record Wilkes & Mchugh, P.A. 429 North Broadway PO Box 1747 Lexington, KY 40588 rsalyer@wilkesmchugh.com (859) 455-3356 respondent
Robert S. Peck American Association for Justice, and Kentucky Justice Association Amicus Center for Constitutional Litigation P.C. 7916 Bressingham Drive Fairfax Station,, VA 22039 robert.peck@cclfirm.com (202) 944-2874 other
Scott L. Nelson Public Citizen, Inc. Amicus Public Citizen Litigation Group 1600 20th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20009 snelson@citizen.org (202) 588-1000 other
Thomas R. McCarthy The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America Amicus Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC 3033 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700 Arlington, VA 22201 tom@consovoymccarthy.com 703-243-9423 other
William Alvarado Rivera AARP,et al. Amicus AARP Foundation Litigation 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049 warivera@aarp.org (202)-690-6229 other
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