CTC DEMOLITION COMPANY, INC. VS. GMH AETC MANAGEMENT/DEVELOPMENT LLC, ET AL.
In applying the first-filed rule of comity -- by which, absent special equities, the court that first acquires jurisdiction has precedence over another court later acquiring jurisdiction -- the court held that, in these circumstances, a demand for mediation or arbitration, alleged to be the contractually required form of dispute resolution, constituted the first-filed action. As a result, the court held that the trial court was not required to defer to a later filed Pennsylvania suit, which sought a declaratory judgment regarding the applicability of mediation or arbitration. 01-27-12