Ipcon Collections LLC v. Costco Wholesale Corp., No. 11-3944 (2d Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
This appeal arose out of a contract dispute between Costco and Leadsinger, a company that sold karaoke systems. Ipcon is the successor-in-interest to Leadsinger. On appeal, the court affirmed the district court's judgment granting Costco's motion to dismiss because Ipcon's claim - that Costco never intended to honor the relevant sales contracts - was a claim for fraud in the inducement, and thus - under the terms of the contracts and the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. 1 et seq. - must be considered by an arbitrator and not a district court. Because a district court has broad discretion both in finding whether a party had violated Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 and in deciding whether to impose sanctions, the court affirmed the district court's denial of Rule 11 sanctions. The court also denied Costco's motion for sanctions under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 38.