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1996

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Allied-Bruce Terminix Companies V. Dobson: The Implementation Of The Purposes Of The Federal Arbitration Act Or An Unjustified Intrusion Into State Sovereignty?, Lauri Washington Sawyer Mar 1996

Allied-Bruce Terminix Companies V. Dobson: The Implementation Of The Purposes Of The Federal Arbitration Act Or An Unjustified Intrusion Into State Sovereignty?, Lauri Washington Sawyer

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In Allied-Bruce Terminix Companies v. Dobson, the United States Supreme Court held that section 2 of the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA) was applicable to contract actions which were brought in state court. The controversy began with a house originally owned by Mr. and Mrs. Gwin in Fairhope, Alabama. In 1987, the Gwins purchased a lifetime termite protection plan from the local Allied-Bruce Terminix office, a franchise of Terminix International. The termite protection plan was to protect the house "'against the attack of subterranean termites,' to reinspect the house periodically, to provide any 'further treatment found necessary,' and to repair, …