This dispute concerns sales commissions allegedly owed to three employees of Umpqua Bank (“Umpqua”) pursuant to a third-party brokerage agreement (the “Agreement”) between Umpqua and Woodbury Financial Services. Employment agreements between Umpqua and the employees required the matter to be submitted to arbitration. After the arbitrator issued an award granting damages for breach of fiduciary duty and attorneys’ fees and costs for two of the employees, Umpqua moved to vacate this award, arguing that this award exhibited manifest disregard of the law or was completely irrational because the arbitrator relied on the same provisions in the Agreement to deny damages for the third-party beneficiary claim and to award damages for the breach of fiduciary duty claim. The employees consequently moved to confirm the award and for attorneys’ fees and costs. The court disagreed with Umpqua’s argument, ruling that the arbitrator could rationally find a breach of fiduciary duty but not third-party beneficiary rights under the Agreement because the two claims have separate legal standards. The third-party beneficiary claim requires a showing of intent, and the breach of fiduciary duty claim does not require a showing of intent. The court thus granted the employees’ motion to confirm the award. Then, looking to the language of the employment agreements, the court confirmed the award of attorneys’ fees and costs and granted the employees’ motion for attorneys’ fees and costs incurred to enforce this award. Swarbick v. Umpqua Bank, Case No. 08-00532 (USDC E.D. Cal. Feb. 26, 2010).