Arrowood Indemnity Co. filed suit in state court, complaining that Clearwater Insurance Co. failed to name three neutral umpire candidates in accordance with the parties’ arbitration agreement. Arrowood asked the court to issue orders facilitating the designation of a neutral arbitrator. Clearwater moved to dismiss, arguing that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction because the FAA, which undisputedly governed, does not allow for pre-award challenges to an arbitration panel. The court denied Clearwater’s motion, holding that the FAA does not preclude state court involvement in procedural pre-arbitration matters and that it should intervene to facilitate the selection of a neutral arbitrator to protect the integrity of the arbitration process. To court directed the parties to schedule an evidentiary hearing where Clearwater could make challenges to a slate of neutral arbitrators proposed by Arrowood. Arrowood Indem. Co. v. Clearwater Ins. Co., Case No. 11-6018055-S (Conn. Super. Ct. July 26, 2011).