The Seventh Circuit has issued a warning that “challenges to commercial arbitral awards bear a high risk of sanctions.” Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Edman Controls, Inc.,712 F.3d 1021, (7th Cir. 2013) (Nos. 12-2308, 12-2623). The court expressed that attempts to obtain judicial review of an arbitrator’s decision undermine the integrity of the arbitral process. Accordingly, the court will uphold an award so long as “an arbitrator is even arguably construing or applying the contract and acting within the scope of this authority.” Moreover, the court will not overturn an award because an arbitrator “committed serious error,” or if the decision is “incorrect or even whacky.”
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