Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, P.C. v. WadeAnnotate this Case
A law firm filed suit against two former employees. Both defendants filed motions to compel arbitration. The trial court stayed discovery except as to the issue of whether the cases were subject to arbitration. The court subsequently ordered the parties to engage in mediation and to disclose the "necessary documents to conduct a meaningful attempt at resolution" despite the prior order limiting discovery. The defendants filed a motion to vacate the order requiring arbitration, which the trial court and court of appeals denied. The Supreme Court vacated the order of the trial court and remanded for a determination on the motions to compel arbitration, holding that the trial court (1) erred in ordering discovery without limiting the scope of discovery to the issue of arbitrability in contravention of the Tennessee Uniform Arbitration Act; and (2) erred in referring the parties to mediation in an effort to resolve all issues.