Manifest Disregard/Exceeding Powers

Tivo, Inc. v. Goldwasser, Case No. 12-cv-07142 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Feb. 14, 2013) (denying motion to vacate award; granting motion to confirm award; panel did not exceed authority for allegedly basing award on theory not advanced by parties; panel’s patent licensing determinations not a “manifest disregard” of the law)

Giller v. Oracle USA, Inc., No. 12-895 (2d Cir. Feb 22, 2013) (affirming order granting motion to dismiss petition to vacate award in employment dispute; no grounds for vacatur for arbitrator’s interpretation of underlying contract; noting that “manifest disregard” still regarded as a “judicial gloss” on the FAA in the Second Circuit)

Peterson v. Macy’s, Case No. 10-cv-05119 (USDC E.D.N.Y. Feb. 25, 2013) (denying motion to vacate in pro se employment discrimination action; “since, inter alia, there is more than a ‘colorable justification’ for the arbitrator’s decision, the arbitration award was not rendered in manifest disregard of the law”)

Department of Professional & Financial Regulation v. Maine State Employees Association, Case No. 2013 ME 23 (Me. Feb. 28, 2013) (reversing and remanding for lower court to enter order denying motion to vacate award that reinstated employee; because the award “did not violate a public policy ‘affirmatively expressed or defined in the laws of Maine,’ the arbitrator did not exceed his powers, and the award is not subject to further judicial scrutiny on that basis”)

Choice of Law

Orbitcom, Inc. v. Qwest Communications Co., Case No. 12-cv-01639 (USDC D. Co. March 12, 2013) (granting motion to confirm award; denying motion to vacate; arbitrator did not exceed powers for 16-month delay of entry of final award; arbitrator correctly applied FAA for arbitration procedure, rather than New York law, notwithstanding New York substantive choice of law provision)

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority v. Citigroup, Inc., Case No. 12-cv-00283 (USDC S.D.N.Y. March 4, 2013) (denying petition to vacate award; no manifest disregard for New York choice of law; proceedings were not fundamentally unfair, notwithstanding tribunal’s denial of certain discovery)

Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Duffy v. Legal Aid Society, Case No. 12-cv-02152 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Feb. 12, 2013) (dismissing petitioner’s pro se action to vacate arbitration decision in employment dispute; employee lacked standing to challenge arbitration between union and employer; petitioner failed to argue that union did not provide fair representation; argument that arbitration decision was “confusing and contradictory” not grounds for vacatur)

Smith v. Cheesecake Factory Restaurants, Inc., Case No. 06-cv-00829 (USDC M.D. Tenn. Feb. 8, 2013) (denying motion to vacate award; arbitrator’s award authorizing collective arbitration under Fair Labor Standards Act was an interim decision and vacatur was thus not ripe for judicial review)

Conclusory Challenge

Wanken v. Wanken, No. 12-10562 (5th Cir. Feb. 11, 2013) (affirming order denying motion for relief from judgment and confirming arbitration award; appellant failed to show that court ignored evidence allegedly showing that appellees gave perjured testimony and fraudulently procured the arbitration award)

Bailey Brake Farms, Inc. v. Trout, Case No. 2011-CA-00610 (Miss. Feb. 28, 2013) (reversing vacatur of arbitration award that set the value of shares under a stock buy-sell agreement; court’s order lacked any analysis or findings supporting grounds for vacatur, such as exceeding authority, “undue means,” or “unresolved issues”)