In an arbitrability dispute, the Fifth Circuit reviewed the basis for federal jurisdiction, noting: “[Vaden v. Discover Bank, 556 U.S. 49 (2009)] then went on to point out a wrinkle. ‘As for jurisdiction over controversies touching arbitration, however, the [Federal Arbitration] Act is something of an anomaly in the realm of federal legislation: It bestows no federal jurisdiction but rather requires for access to a federal forum an independent jurisdictional basis over the parties’ dispute.’” Applied to the case at hand: “Under that “look through” analysis, we hold that this underlying dispute presents a federal question. Polyflow’s arbitration demand included at least three federal statutory claims under the Lanham Act …. What matters is that a federal question—the Lanham Act claims—animated the underlying dispute, not whether Polyflow listed them in its original complaint.” Polyflow LLC v. Specialty RTP LLC, No. 20-20416 (March 30, 2021).

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