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August 01, 2023 - Appellate & Supreme Court, Class Action

Coinbase v. Bielski – SCOTUS Authorizes Automatic Stays Pending Decision of Arbitrability

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In a recent 5-4 decision reversing the Ninth Circuit and settling a circuit split, the Supreme Court of the United States in Coinbase v. Bielski held that a district court must stay its proceedings while an interlocutory appeal on the question of arbitrability is ongoing.

The Court’s decision reflects the majority view of the Circuit split, where courts granted the stays automatically, while the Ninth Circuit was one of three circuit courts that left the decision of the stay to the discretion of the district judge or court of appeals.

Calling it a “common sense” decision, the Justices noted that if a district court could move forward with pre-trial and trial proceedings while the appeal on arbitrability was ongoing, the continuation of proceedings in the district court largely defeated the point of the appeal.

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