Parties cannot pick certain provisions of agreement to enforce

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TWH, Inc., d/b/a Tom Wood Honda (“TWH”), brings this interlocutory appeal from the trial court’s denial of its motion to compel arbitration in this action on Jennifer Binford’s complaint alleging breach of warranty and fraud against TWH. TWH presents several issues for our review, but we address a single, dispositive issue, namely, whether the trial court erred when it denied TWH’s motion to compel arbitration.


Conclusion
(slip op. at 6):  We reverse and, on remand, instruct the trial court to grant TWH’s motion to compel arbitration and to enter judgment accordingly.


Key Analysis
(slip op. at 5):  A beneficiary should not be able to sue for breach of contract and simultaneously disavow a term of the contract that required submission of disputes to arbitration . . . As copurchasers, Binford and Aaron cannot both seek affirmative relief from the transaction and disavow the arbitration provision in the purchase agreement.

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