Federal Court in Washington Rules 24 Hour Fitness Petitions Insufficient

A federal district court in the state of Washington has ruled that 24 Hour Fitness' petitions to compel arbitration failed to properly plead jurisdiction and therefore are insufficient and must be amended.  The court, on its own motion, reviewed the petitions filed in the Western District of Washington and found that 24 Hour had not properly pleaded jurisdiction.  After the court heard from 24 Hour Fitness in response to an Order to Show Cause, the court found the response was inadequate and ordered the petitions to be amended.  The case is 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. v. Gorden, C11-2039RSM (W.D. Wash. 2012).  A copy of the ruling is available here.

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