Baldwin v. Cavett

This case involved a dispute about an arbitration agreement.  After investors sued their certified public accountants, the accountants sought to compel arbitration based on an arbitration clause in a contract between the investors and their brokerage company. The accountants argued that they were agents of the brokerage company, separate and apart from their accounting firm, and for that reason they were entitled to compel arbitration of the investors’ claims regarding their accounting services.  The district court denied the motion to compel arbitration and Beck Redden was hired to defend the ruling on appeal. The accountants argued that they were entitled to compel arbitration regardless of whether they were acting on behalf of the brokerage company when they provided the accounting services in question. The Fifth Circuit rejected that argument and affirmed the district court’s denial of the motion to compel arbitration. The appeal was handled by Beck Redden partner Russell Post and associate William Peterson.