The court confirmed an arbitration decision awarding damages in favor of workers compensation insurers against various insured employee-staffing companies. One of the defendant companies contended that it never executed the underlying agreement with the insurers, that the panel thus exceeded their powers in entering the award, and that the award should be vacated. The court rejected this argument, agreeing with the panel’s determination that the company waived its non-signatory defense. The court examined the procedural history of the arbitration and held that the arbitration proceeding continued for twenty-six months before the defendant asserted its defense. The court found that the company was “represented by legal counsel throughout the dispute resolution process,” that as “a matter of law, litigants are bound by the acts and omissions of their chosen agents, including lawyers,” and that “legal bungling” did “not justify reopening a judgment.” The court was further persuaded by the fact that the company first raised the defense only after a partial final award was entered, ordering the company to post a bond. While the court noted that it did “not take lightly” the company’s sworn statement that it did not authorize its purported attorney to represent that it approved or ratified the underlying arbitration agreement, the court explained that this was an alleged legal malpractice matter and not a basis to vacate the arbitration award. Zurich American Insurance Co., et al. v. Staffing Concepts International, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:14-cv-03454 (USDC N.D. Ill. July 23, 2015).