Courts continue to confirm arbitration awards at a very high rate:
- In this reinsurance matter, the court determined that whether to award post-judgment interest on an award, and at what rate, was for the court, not an arbitration panel, to decide, even if the issue was addressed in the reinsurance agreement., The court determined to award post-judgment interest at the statutory rate, since the contract did not clearly displace that rate, and to award attorneys’ fees as provided for in the agreement. Newmont U.S.A. Limited v. Ins. Co. of N. A., Case No. 06-1178 (USDC D. Col. Sept. 19, 2008).
- The court in Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Rothstein, Case No. 08-373 (USDC S.D. N.Y. Sept. 29, 2008) confirmed an award, rejecting a contention that the award was in manifest disregard of law, without any discussion of the Hall Street Associates opinion.
- The court confirmed an award under a collective bargaining agreement in Bemis Co., Inc. v. Graphic Communication Union Local No. 735-S, Case No. 07-1307 (USDC M.D. Pa. Sept. 15, 2008), finding that the arbitrator had reasonably interpreted the agreement with no arbitrator bias.
- In The Householder Group v. Caughran, Case No. 07-316 (USDC E.D. Tex. Sept. 17, 2008), the court limited its consideration of a request to vacate an award to the statutory factors in the Federal Arbitration Act, pursuant to Hall Street Associates, and confirmed the award, in the face of what amounted to evidentiary and procedural challenges, some of which had not even been raised during the arbitration hearing.
- A Magistrate Judge recommended confirmation of an award in Int’l. Brotherhood of Elec. Workers v. Firstenergy Generation Corp., Case No. 07-304 (USDC W.D. Pa. Aug. 22, 2008), on the basis that the award drew its essence from the agreement, which the arbitrator interpreted. The district judge overruled objections to the recommendation, confirming the award.
- An award against an individual in his personal capacity, who signed an agreement in a representative capacity, was vacated in Millmaker v. Bruso, Case No. 07-3837 (USDC S.D. Tex. Oct. 9, 2008). The court noted that Hall Street Associates pout the continued viability of the manifest disregard of law doctrine in doubt, but that there had been no manifest disregard in this case. The court also upheld an award of attorneys’ fees pursuant to the terms of the contract.