The United States Arbitration Act creates federal substantive law that is applicable in both federal and state courts, and supersedes conflicting state law in transactions evidencing commerce, under the Supremacy Clause of the United Stales Constitution. A suit was brought by a class of California 7-Eleven franchise owners against Southland, a Texas-based corporation, alleging various counts of fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, and violations of the disclosure requirements of California's Franchise Investment Act, Cal. Corp, Code § 31000 et .seq. Although the suits originally were filed as individual actions, they were later consolidated into a class action. Southland raised the arbitration provision contained in the franchise agreements as a defense and moved to compel arbitration. The trial court granted Southland's motion for arbitration of all claims except those raised under the Franchise Investment Act.