Following the New Jersey District Court’s confirmation of an arbitrator’s award in favor of the defendant/appellees, the appellants filed an appeal to the Third Circuit challenging the final judgment. The challenge was based on appellant’s assertion that the arbitrator demonstrated bias by failing to ensure that certain documentary evidence was disclosed in a timely manner.
The Third Circuit affirmed, holding that the arbitrators’ conduct revealed no partiality or corruption and that the arbitrators were not guilty of misconduct in refusing to postpone the hearing or in refusing to hear pertinent evidence. Further, the Court ruled that the arbitrators did not impose an improper burden on appellants such that vacatur or modification of the award was required. Andorra Services v. Venfleet, Ltd., Case No. 08-4902 (3d Cir. Dec. 10, 2009).