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ARGUED FEBRUARY 17, 2009

Before POSNER, KANNE, and WOOD,Circuit Judges.

Biomet produces prosthetic joints, such as artificial hips and knees, and there is great demand for its products in Florida. To meet this demand, Biomet contracted with Paul Haber, who served as a distributor for Biomet in various Florida counties. The parties structured their relation through agreements made in 1995 and 1999; those agreements contained different methods for dispute resolution. The 1995 version required that disputes be litigated in Indiana, while the 1999 text required arbitration in Chicago, Illinois. The parties modified the 1995 Agreement several times between 1995 and 2005. Biomet apparently believed that the 1995 Agreement’s litigation clause governed the entire relation between the parties. As became clear later, Haber thought that the arbitration clause in the 1999 Agreement controlled.

 
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