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Seney v. Rent-A-Center, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

December 11, 2013

Christine SENEY, Individually and as Parent and Next Friend of I.S. and N.S.; Antwan R. Seney, Plaintiffs-Appellants,
v.
RENT-A-CENTER, INC.; Rent-A-Center East, Inc., Defendants-Appellees.

Argued: Oct. 31, 2013.

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ARGUED:

Daniel Warren Whitney, Sr., Whitney & Bogris LLP, Towson, Maryland, for Appellants.

James Charles Mehigan, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Washington, D.C., for Appellees.

ON BRIEF:

Gerald S. Gaetano, Whitney & Bogris LLP, Towson, Maryland, for Appellants.

Peter A. Coleman, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellees.

Before MOTZ and AGEE, Circuit Judges, and JOSEPH F. ANDERSON, Jr., United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, sitting by designation.

Affirmed by published opinion. Judge Motz wrote the opinion, in which Judge Agee and Judge Anderson joined.

DIANA GRIBBON MOTZ, Circuit Judge:

Christine and Antwan Seney appeal the district court's order compelling arbitration of their breach of warranty claim under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. ยง 2301 et seq. (2006). For the reasons that follow, we affirm.

I.

In March 2012, the Seneys entered into a " Rental-Purchase Agreement" with Rent-A-Center, Inc. (" RAC" ) for a wooden trundle bed and mattress. In that contract, the Seneys agreed to rent the bed for two weeks, with an option to renew the lease. If the couple leased the bed for an additional six months, RAC would transfer title to them. The contract also contained a purchase option. By exercising the option, the Seneys could buy the bed before six months had passed.

Pursuant to this contract, RAC retained the manufacturer's warranty to the bed. RAC did provide, in the rental contract, its own warranty to repair, replace, and service the bed during the term of the lease. In that contract, the parties also agreed to submit any contract dispute to binding arbitration.

In April 2012, RAC delivered the bed to the Seneys' home and ...


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