The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed, for lack of appellate jurisdiction, a district court order granting a motion to compel arbitration filed by Certain Underwriters of Lloyds of London and several other insurance companies. The Fifth Circuit held that the district court’s order was not a final, appealable order within the meaning of the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or the Federal Arbitration Act. The district court had granted the motion after finding the insurance contract at issue contained a clear and unambiguous arbitration clause, and had then stayed the case and closed it for administrative purposes. The Fifth Circuit found the district court’s order and administrative closure lacked the finality necessary for appellate jurisdiction, noting a “clear distinction” between final orders dismissing cases after compelling arbitration and interlocutory orders staying and administratively closing cases pending arbitration. The district court’s order was deemed to be the latter and the appeal was therefore dismissed. Southwestern Electric Power Co. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds of London, No. 13-31130 (5th Cir. Nov. 24, 2014)