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The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), 9 U.S.C.S. § 1 et seq., requires federal district courts to stay judicial proceedings and compel arbitration of claims covered by a written and enforceable arbitration agreement. 9 U.S.C.S. § 3. The FAA limits the district court's role to determining whether a valid arbitration agreement exists, and whether the agreement encompasses the disputes at issue.
Did the district court properly deny Barnes & Noble's motion to compel arbitration and stay proceedings pursuant to the FAA, 9 U.S.C.S. § 3?