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APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS [Hon. Nathaniel M. Gorton, U.S. District Judge]+

Litigation decisions made by parties have consequences. This case involves strategic decisions made by parties in an attempt to obtain a benefit from a particular ruling; when the court issued a contrary order, those parties attempted to reverse course and get the district court to reach a different result under Rule 60(b), Fed. R. Civ. P. The district court was unsympathetic, and this appeal followed. Arthur F. Zang, Jr., and Harold P. Beck joined a number of other employees in filing state employment actions against six interrelated companies, including The Paul Revere Variable Annuity Insurance Company (“Variable”). Variable, alone among the six companies, is a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”). Based on that membership the companies sought to compel arbitration against seventeen of the former employees by virtue of those employees’ registration with NASD. Fifteen of the seventeen former employees then voluntarily dismissed their claims against Variable and continued their claims against the remaining five companies; Zang and Beck remained steadfast and contested the motions to compel arbitration.

The district court dismissed the motions to compel arbitration as to the fifteen employees who no longer had claims against Variable and, after further argument, entered an order compelling Zang and Beck to submit their claims against the six companies to arbitration, finding that they both had entered into enforceable arbitration agreements. Faced with this court order, Zang and Beck reversed course and decided to dismiss their claims against Variable. After doing so, they sought relief from the district court’s order under Rule 60(b), arguing that the remaining five companies lacked standing on their own to compel arbitration. The district court declined to grant relief from its order, and Zang and Beck now appeal both that denial and the initial order. We affirm both orders.

 
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