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Case Digest on Coinbase, Inc. v. Bielski

Case Digest on Coinbase, Inc. v. Bielski
The Supreme Court decided that district courts must stay proceedings during an interlocutory appeal on the question of arbitrability, aligning with the principle that an appeal divests the lower court of control over aspects of the case involved in the appeal.


This case examines the procedural implications of interlocutory appeals in the context of arbitration agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act.

Facts of the Case:

Abraham Bielski filed a class action against Coinbase, alleging failure to replace fraudulently taken funds. Coinbase sought to compel arbitration per their user agreement, which was initially denied by the district court, leading to an interlocutory appeal.

Issue of the Case:

Whether district court proceedings must be stayed during an ongoing interlocutory appeal regarding arbitrability.

Ruling of the Case:

The Supreme Court ruled that district courts are required to stay proceedings during such appeals, ensuring the benefits of arbitration aren't undermined during the appellate process.

This ruling clarifies the procedure for handling district court proceedings during interlocutory appeals on arbitrability, potentially influencing future arbitration disputes and their judicial handling.


The decision reinforces the efficiency and contractual intent of arbitration agreements, emphasizing the judiciary's role in preserving these principles during appellate review.