This case involved a FINRA arbitration held to resolve a dispute over money allegedly owed to Ameriprise Financial Services by a former financial adviser. The financial adviser appealed the district court’s confirmation of the award favoring Ameriprise, contending that the award was procured by fraud and that the arbitrator committed a manifest disregard of the law. On appeal, the financial adviser first contended that the award should be reviewed under the Wisconsin Arbitration Act instead of the FAA. The Seventh Circuit, however, disagreed, holding that the parties’ arbitration agreement expressly selected the FAA, and that the FAA was applicable notwithstanding potential application of other Wisconsin law on the merits of the dispute. Regarding “manifest disregard,” the Seventh Circuit rejected the financial adviser’s contention that the panel inappropriately applied federal securities laws instead of certain states’ laws. The court explained that it “is not manifest disregard of a law to consider [the state law] and its relation to [federal law] and then conclude that the law does not apply in the specific factual situation at issue.” The court also noted that the panel had not issued a written opinion, and that the court would not “second-guess the arbitrators’ decision based on speculation when it is possible for the panel to have reached the decision it did based on the evidence presented to it.” As to fraud, the Seventh Circuit held that Ameriprise’s counsel’s closing argument, in which counsel asserted that the financial adviser “violated” certain laws and characterized certain cases as “on point,” did not misrepresent the record or the law. Renard v. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., No. 14-1730 (7th Cir. Jan. 30, 2015).