Most questions of arbitrability can be resolved on motion, using a summary judgment-like standard.  However, just like summary judgment, if there are genuine disputes of material fact about whether a claim must be arbitrated — like competing evidence about whether the parties ever formed an arbitration agreement — those should be determined by a trial. 

Two courts recently refused to compel arbitration because the defendants could not prove that the parties had entered into an arbitration agreement at all.  Therefore, the musical accompaniment to this post is “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music.  “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.  When you read,