Arbitration Round-Up

by Carlton Fields

Arbitration Procedure

Trustees of the New York City District Council of Carpenters Pension Fund, Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund v. Alliance Workroom Corp., No. 13-Civ-5096 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Dec. 11, 2013) (arbitration award confirmed, treating unopposed petition to confirm as summary judgment motion based on unopposed record, granting attorneys fees incurred in unopposed action to confirm arbitration award).

Thai-Lao Lignite (Thailand) Co., Ltd. v. Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, No. 10-CV-5256 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Feb. 6, 2014) (vacating award based on ruling in parallel action in Malaysian Court of Appeal, based on New York Convention for the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards).

McAlpine v. Priddle, No. S-14891 (Alaska Feb. 21, 2014) (affirming confirmation of award in criminal defense attorney fee agreement, agreement not procured by fraud, not barred by public policy)

Lakeshore Engineering Services, Inc. v. Target Construction, Inc., No. 13-14498 (USDC E.D. Mich. Feb. 27, 2014) (no waiver, contract and arbitration agreement binding and enforceable)

Exceeding Powers

Renard v. Ameriprise Fin. Svcs., Inc., No. 13-CV-555 (USDC E.D. Wis. Mar. 6, 2014) (arbitrators did not exceed powers, award not procured by fraud, no failure to hear pertinent evidence)

Manifest Disregard

Schafer v. Multiband Corp., No. 13-1316 (6th Cir. Jan. 6, 2014) (reversing district court’s order granting vacatur of award, where award was contrary to precedent, but nevertheless “reasoned” and therefore not in manifest disregard of the law).

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority v. Citigroup, Inc., No. 13-1068-cv (2d Cir. Feb. 19, 2014) (no manifest disregard in application of New York law in choice-of-law dispute)

Evident Partiality

Ometto v. ASA Bioenergy Holding A.G., Nos. 12-4022, 13-225 (2d Cir. Jan 7, 2014) (affirming denial of petition to vacate award, no evident partiality based on claim of arbitrator’s failure to disclose information; no manifest disregard of law)

Scope of Arbitration Agreement

Aetrex Worldwide, Inc. v. Sourcing For You Limited, No. 13-3933 (3d Cir. Jan. 23, 2014) (denying motion to compel arbitration where arbitration agreement contained exception for injunction actions, which applied even after injunction request denied and withdrawn)

Neuronetics, Inc. v. Fuzzi, No. 13-1506 (3d Cir. Jan. 24, 2014) (affirming grant of motion to confirm, issue regarding non-payment of contract for sale of healthcare products within scope of arbitration agreement).


Kirby v. Lion Enterprises, Inc., No. 12-C-47 (W. Va. Mar. 7, 2014) (reversing decision affirming confirmation of award and remanding with instructions to develop record on issue of unconscionability)

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