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Docket Number16-32
Term2016
Full NameKindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation v. Janis E. Clark
Short NameKindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation v. Janis E. Clark
PetitionerKindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership, dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation
RespondentJanis E. Clark
Date Argued (Reargued)Feb. 22, 2017
Date DecidedMay 15, 2017

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. ยง 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

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

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Andrew J. PincusKindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership. dba Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, nka Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation, et al.Counsel of RecordMayer Brown LLP 1999 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 apincus@mayerbrown.com(202) 263-3000petitioner
Donald L. Miller II.Genesis Healthcare, Inc, et al.AmicusQuintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer PA 9300 Shelbyville Road, Suite 400 Louisville, KY 40222 dmiller@qpwblaw.com(502) 423-6390other
Imre S SzalaiArbitration Scholar Imre S..SzalaiAmicusLoyola University New Orleans College of Law 7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 901 New Orleans, LA 70118 iszalai@loyno.edu(504) 861-5589other
James F. SegrovesAmerican Health Care Association and The Kentucky Association of Health Care FacilitiesAmicusHooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC 401 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 550 Washington, DC 20004 jsegroves@health-law.com(202) 580-7700other
Robert E. SalyerJanis E. Clark, et al.Counsel of RecordWilkes & Mchugh, P.A. 429 North Broadway PO Box 1747 Lexington, KY 40588 rsalyer@wilkesmchugh.com(859) 455-3356respondent
Robert S. PeckAmerican Association for Justice, and Kentucky Justice AssociationAmicusCenter for Constitutional Litigation P.C. 7916 Bressingham Drive Fairfax Station,, VA 22039 robert.peck@cclfirm.com(202) 944-2874other
Scott L. NelsonPublic Citizen, Inc.AmicusPublic Citizen Litigation Group 1600 20th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20009 snelson@citizen.org(202) 588-1000other
Thomas R. McCarthyThe Chamber of Commerce of the United States of AmericaAmicusConsovoy McCarthy Park PLLC 3033 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700 Arlington, VA 22201 tom@consovoymccarthy.com703-243-9423other
William Alvarado RiveraAARP,et al.AmicusAARP Foundation Litigation 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049 warivera@aarp.org(202)-690-6229other
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