HGH ATTORNEYS WIN BEFORE 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

Michael A. Evans successfully represented the Iron Workers Regional District Council and its fringe benefit funds before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Regional Local Union No. 846 v. Gulf Coast Rebar, Inc., Case No. 16-35651.  The District Court compelled arbitration of the Union’s claims against the employer but the employer appealed the order.  The Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of the Union and dismissed the employer’s appeal, reasoning that it had no jurisdiction over the appeal.  Because the fringe benefit funds were not ordered to arbitrate, the order compelling arbitration was not a final appealable order.  Therefore, the Court ordered the employer to submit to arbitration.