WVSCA Grants Writ of Prohibition and Enforces Forum-Selection Clause
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia (WVSCA) recently granted a Writ of Prohibition and directed the Circuit Court of Kanawha County to dismiss a Complaint based upon an enforceable forum-selection clause. In its Memorandum Decision, the WVSCA affirmed its prior holding in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal, 690 S.E.2d 322 (W. Va. 2009) and held that the forum-selection clause applied to the claims and parties involved in the lawsuit. Of note, the WVSCA found that the Defendants — non-signatories to the agreement at issue — could enforce the forum-selection clause because they were closely related to the transaction and it was foreseeable that they could benefit from the clause.
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