STATE FARM FIRE AND CASUALTY COMPANY, as subrogee of, GERALD SCOTT NEWELL, ET AL. v. EASYHEAT, INC., ET AL (Tenn.Ct.App. November 8, 2007).
The trial court denied Defendant Tennessee Heritage Enterprises's motion to compel arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act notwithstanding the arbitration clause contained in the construction contract executed by Plaintiff homeowner and Defendant. The trial court denied arbitration on the basis of insufficient interstate commerce. Defendant appeals; we reverse and remand.
Opinion may be found at:
"In this case, it is undisputed that a substantial number of the materials used by THE in the construction of the Newell home, including the roof shingles, lumber, windows, tile, carpet, insulation, appliances, mortar, HVAC units, wood trim, flooring, and the floor warming system at the center of this dispute, were manufactured outside of Tennessee. Further, although State Farm asserts these materials were purchased by THE after leaving the flow of commerce, the FAA clearly reaches beyond the “flow” of commerce and is applicable even where interstate commerce was not contemplated by the parties at the time the contract was executed. We are not insensitive to the trial court’s observation that virtually every modern construction contract falls within the purview of the FAA under the broad interpretation urged by THE. However, in light of the Supreme Court’s holdings in Allied-Bruce and Citizens Bank, we must agree that the contract here involves interstate commerce where a substantial amount of materials used in the Newell home were manufactured out of Tennessee by non-Tennessee entities. We agree with THE that the FAA is applicable in this case. " Id.