In Inryco, Inc. v. Parsons & Whittemore Contractors Corp., 55 NY2d 666, 667, 431 N.E.2d 291, 446 N.Y.S.2d 930 , plaintiff subcontractor entered into five written contracts with defendant contractors for certain construction work (the "Original Contracts").
After a dispute arose concerning performance under the Original Contracts, the parties' attorneys attempted to resolve their differences.
Subsequently, defendants argued that the parties reached a settlement agreement and sought to enforce it through arbitration, while the plaintiff maintained that such a settlement agreement was never reached.
In reversing the Appellate Division's finding that "the arbitration clause contained in the Original Contracts does not extend to disputes arising from a subsequent and separate settlement agreement," the Court of Appeals held that the arbitration clause did extend to such disputes because "the broad provisions encompass all disputes arising out of the contracts, including those relating to subsequent agreements concerning obligations under the original contract." (Id. at 667.)