Award Authorizing Class Action Litigation

Emilio v. Sprint Spectrum L.P., Case No. 14-732-cv (2d Cir. Nov. 12, 2014) (affirming denial of motion to vacate award; district court did not err by finding that arbitrator did not exceed powers nor manifestly disregard law when it ruled that Sprint could not be compelled to proceed with class arbitration and plaintiff could not be compelled to proceed with bilateral arbitration under state law, which the arbitration agreement stated would govern);

Emilio v. Sprint Spectrum L.P., Case No. 1:11-cv-03041 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Dec. 23, 2014) (denying motion to dismiss class action or strike class allegations; defendant collaterally estopped from relitigating basis for prior arbitration rulings authorizing class action litigation)

Manifest Disregard

NDV Investment Co. v. Apex Clearing Corp., Case No. 1:14-cv-00923 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Jan. 8, 2015) (denying motion to vacate FINRA award; granting cross-motion to confirm award; no manifest disregard of the law for misapplying FINRA rule or for the panel’s failure to permit a full hearing; no arbitrator “misconduct” for refusing to hear evidence);

Power Partners Mastec, LLC v. Premier Power Renewable Energy, Inc., Case No. 1:14-cv-08420 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Feb. 20, 2015) (granting petition to confirm nearly $3 million award; no manifest disregard of law; arbitrator’s findings were supported by the record);

Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. v. Relocation Group, LLC, Case No. 14-253-cv (2d Cir. Jan. 6, 2015) (reversing district court’s order that vacated award as manifest disregard of law; court failed to apply test, which includes finding that relevant law was “clear,” determining that no “barely colorable justification” for the panel’s decision existed, and addressing alternate readings of the relevant law that might have supported the arbitrators’ decision)

Exceeding Authority

Seagate Technology, LLC v. Western Digital Corp., Case No. A12-1944 (Minn. Oct. 8, 2014) (affirming appellate court’s order reinstating $500 million arbitration award; defendants did not waive their rights to challenge the award, but a review of the merits of the award showed that arbitrator did not exceed authority by issuing punitive sanctions for defendants’ fabrication of evidence, which included excluding defendants’ evidence and defenses);

BNSF Railway Co. v. Alstom Transportation, Inc., Case No. 13-11274 (5th Cir. Feb. 6, 2015) (reversing order vacating arbitration award; court improperly reviewed merits of arbitrators’ interpretation of contract instead of limiting review to “whether the arbitrators even arguably interpreted the Agreement in reaching their award”)

Scope of FAA

Wiand v. Schneiderman, Case No. 14-11203 (11th Cir. Feb. 10, 2015) (affirming district court’s order compelling arbitration and denying motion to vacate award; court-appointed receiver’s “clawback” action against estate of investor in Ponzi scheme is not exempt from FAA; court did not err in referring validity of contract to arbitration; court did not err in holding arbitrator did not exceed powers; court would not review arbitrator’s evidence-based rulings)