In an action arising out of a services agreement related to the construction of low-income tax-credit housing, plaintiff, The Youngs Company, filed a breach of contract action in the Northern District of Texas. Defendant, Continental Realty, moved to compel arbitration and stay discovery asserting that the arbitration clause in the services contract controlled. While the existence and application of the clause was not in dispute, the district court determined that the defendant had defaulted in proceeding with arbitration where the plaintiff had originally initiated arbitration proceedings, set an arbitration hearing, and served discovery requests on the defendant. Continental Realty refused to respond or participate in the arbitration, and failed to file a reply to the opposition to the present motion. Accordingly, Continental Realty’s motion to compel was denied. Continental Realty has since filed a Notice of Appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Don Youngs & Judy Youngs v. Haugh, Case No. 4-08CV-528 (USDC N.D. Tex. Mar. 18, 2009).
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