From Arbitration Nation:
This installment of Arbitration Nation looks at when a “decision with respect to an arbitration” may be appealed. 9 U.S.C. § 16 provides part, but only part, of the answer. The rule essentially establishes the right of a party losing a motion to compel arbitration in a federal court to appeal that decision immediately. In contrast, a party who has been compelled to arbitration cannot appeal that decision immediately unless she first secures permission from both the district court and the court of appeals.
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