Baltimore Contractors, Inc. v. Bodinger
348 U.S. 176 (1955)

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Baltimore Contractors, Inc. v. Bodinger, 348 U.S. 176 (1955)

Baltimore Contractors, Inc. v. Bodinger

No. 31

Argued November 9, 1954

Decided January 10, 1955

348 U.S. 176


In an action for an accounting, a federal district court denied a stay under § 3 of the United States Arbitration Act, pending arbitration.

Held: an appeal to a federal court of appeals could not be taken. Pp. 348 U. S. 176-185.

(a) The order denying a stay was not a "final decision" within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 1291. P. 348 U. S. 179.

(b) The order denying a stay was a step in controlling the litigation before the trial court, not the refusal of an interlocutory injunction within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 1292(1). Pp. 348 U. S. 180-185.

(c) Morgantown v. Royal Ins. Co., 337 U. S. 254, followed. Enelow v. New York Life Ins. Co., 293 U. S. 379; Ettelson v. Metropolitan Ins. Co., 317 U. S. 188; and Shanferoke Corp. v. Westchester Corp., 293 U. S. 449, distinguished. Pp. 348 U. S. 182-185.


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