Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Ohio at Dayton.
No. 3:19-cv-00229—Walter H. Rice, District Judge.
Argued: November 18, 2020
Decided and Filed: December 15, 2020
Before: COLE, Chief Judge; DONALD and READLER, Circuit Judges.
BERNICE BOUIE DONALD, Circuit Judge. Dissatisfied with several disciplinary
actions taken against him at work, Plaintiff Richard “Rip” Hale sought recourse against his
employer, Defendant Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, d/b/a Morgan Stanley Wealth
Management (“Morgan Stanley”), through arbitration. When this arbitration was unsuccessful,
Hale filed suit in district court, seeking to vacate the arbitration award pursuant to the Federal
Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq. The district court never reached the merits of
Hale’s claims however, finding that it lacked subject-matter jurisdiction. Because we find that
diversity jurisdiction has been satisfied, we REVERSE and REMAND.