In In Re Sussex, No. 14-70158 (9th Cir. Jan. 27, 2015), the Ninth Circuit determined that the district court erred in holding that its decision to intervene mid-arbitration was justified under Aerojet-General Corp. v. Am Arbitration Ass’n, 478 F.2d 248 (9th Cir. 1973). Specifically, the panel held that the district court erred in predicting that an award issued by the arbitrator would likely be vacated because of his evident partiality under the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 10(a)(2). The panel determined that undisclosed facts regarding the arbitrator’s efforts to start a company to attract investors for litigation financing did not give rise to a reasonable impression that the arbitrator would be impartial toward either party. The panel, quoting Commonwealth Coatings v. Continental Cas. Co., 393 U.S. 145, 150 (1968) emphasized that an arbitrator must disclose facts showing that they might be reasonably biased against one litigant and favorable to another. In this case, the panel found that the arbitrator’s financial effort regarding his efforts to start a litigation finance company in relation to the parties and issues in the case were contingent, attenuated, and speculative. Furthermore, the panel held that even if the arbitrator’s activities created a reasonable impression of partiality, the district court’s equitable concern that costs and delays would result if the arbitration award were vacated was inadequate to justify a mid-arbitration intervention, regardless of the size and early stage of arbitration.