This note discusses Allied-Bruce Terminix, Inc. v. Dobson, which solidified the Supreme Court's rationale in favor of arbitration. The Court specifically held that the FAA governs all arbitration provisions in contracts "affecting commerce and that the phrase "affecting commerce signals a Congressional intent to exercise its Commerce Clause powers in full. This note will first provide a short background of the interpretation of the FAA in connection with the enforceability of the arbitration clauses, and then discuss Allied-Bruce and its potential effect on the future of arbitration clauses.
Edmond Seferi, FAA and Arbitration Clauses - How Far Can it Reach? The Effect of Allied-Bruce Terminix, Inc. v. Dobson, 19 Campbell L. Rev. 607 (1997).