DANIEL MARTIN RENOVATO, ET AL. VS FCA US LLC, ET AL.

Case No.: 19STCV26936    

[TENTATIVE] ORDER RE: MOTION TO COMPEL ARBITRATION AND STAY ACTION

On July 31, 2019 Plaintiffs Daniel Martin Renovato and Daniella Gonzalez Padilla (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) filed their complaint against Defendants FCA US, LLC (“FCA”) and Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep (“Dealer”), arising from Plaintiffs’ purchase of an allegedly defective vehicle. Plaintiffs served FCA on August 5, 2019 and Dealer on August 6, 2019. On October 4, 2019, FCA filed a demurrer and motion to strike. Dealer did not answer or respond to the complaint. On December 23, 2019, FCA and Dealer filed a joint case management statement. They did not mention an arbitration agreement and did not state they were willing to arbitrate. Instead, they requested a nonjury trial. On February 19, 2020, Plaintiffs filed a first amended complaint (“FAC”). On March 24, 2020, FCA and Dealer filed a joint answer in which they stated as an affirmative defense that they believed “this dispute is subject to........