Auto Parts Co. Denied Arbitration Against Supplier's Exec

By Bryan Koenig (March 15, 2017, 5:01 PM EDT) -- Auto parts manufacturer Ochiai Georgia LLC will have to keep fighting a lawsuit from a former partner's ex-president trying to avoid arbitration over a supply agreement after a Tennessee federal judge refused to dismiss the suit Wednesday, concluding Ochiai isn't automatically entitled to arbitration.

U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan rejected Ochiai's dismissal bid seeking an arbitration mandate because former SL Tennessee LLC President Yang Koo Woo never signed the arbitration agreement — contained in a supply deal for brake pedal arms and shift levers — between the two companies and because Ochiai's allegations against the former executive were found too...

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