Confirming Award

Mandell v. Reeve, No. 11-5238 (2d. Cir. Feb. 4, 2013) (affirming district court’s confirmation of arbitration award and denial of petition to vacate award; denying appellee’s motion for sanctions, finding that the appeal was not frivolous).

Timegate Studios, Inc. v. Southpeak Interactive, L.L.C., No. 12-20256 (5th Cir. Apr. 9, 2013) (reversing district court’s decision to vacate an arbitration award with instructions to reinstate the award, holding that the arbitrator’s award of a perpetual license as relief to the prevailing party was not inconsistent with the essence of the parties’ contract).

Data & Development, Inc. v. Infokall, Inc., No. 12-2456 (2d Cir. Mar. 13, 2013) (affirming district court’s decision to confirm arbitration award, holding that the arbitrator did not manifestly disregard New York law in awarding lost profits to the prevailing party on breach of contract claim).

Stonebridge Equity v. China Automotive Systems, Inc., No. 12-1548 (6th Cir. Mar. 26, 2013) (affirming district court’s confirmation of arbitration award, holding that arbitrators did not act in manifest disregard of the law by using extrinsic evidence to interpret the parties’ contract and that the district court’s minor modification of the award to assure compliance was in accordance with the FAA).

Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Edman Controls, Inc., Nos. 12-2308 & 12-2623 (7th Cir. Mar. 18, 2013) (affirming district court’s confirmation of arbitration award and denial of petition to vacate award; arbitrator had not disregarded the parties’ choice of law nor exceeded his powers in awarding damages and attorneys fees to prevailing party).

Vacating Award

Town & Country Salida, Inc. v. Dealer Computer Services, Inc., No. 12-1850 (6th Cir. Apr. 9, 2013) (affirming district court’s partial vacatur of arbitration award, holding that the district court did not commit clear error in making the factual determination that an entity was not bound by an arbitration clause).

City of Oswego v. Oswego City Firefighters Association, No. 49 (N.Y. Apr. 2, 2013) (reversing order of appellate division; ordering that an arbitration award be vacated because the award would require a municipality to provide a benefit no longer authorized by law and that the final result would conflict with other laws and well-defined policy considerations).

Class Action Waiver and FAA Preemption

McKenzie Check Advance of Florida, LLC v. Betts, No. SC 11-514 (Fla. Apr. 11, 2013) (FAA preemption prevents court from invalidating class action waiver as void against state public policy because waiver would prevent consumers from vindicating rights under state consumer protection laws).

Jurisdiction

Community State Bank v. Knox, No. 12-1304 (4th Cir. Apr. 11, 2013) (affirming district court’s dismissal of petition to compel arbitration holding that that the FAA by itself does not bestow federal jurisdiction and that there was no independent basis for federal jurisdiction).