Recently, a Texas Court of Appeals issued a ruling on an appeal from an order confirming a $22 million arbitration award in a partnership dispute. The appellants argued on appeal that their rights were prejudiced by the evident partiality of the arbitrator because the arbitrator failed to disclose his personal and professional relationship with appellee’s counsel. The court, assessing all contacts between the individuals, found this argument persuasive, noting that the standard for disclosing such relationships reflects the determination that courts should not involve themselves in evaluations of partiality that are better left to the parties. The court found that the relationship between the arbitrator (a US Magistrate Judge) and the appellee’s counsel (a former US District Court clerk) stretched for years and that the social relationship had business overtones. Accordingly, the court concluded that the arbitrator’s duty of disclosure had been triggered and the failure to disclose the relationship constituted evident partiality. The court reversed the confirmation award and judgment, vacated the award, and remanded for further proceedings. Karlseng v. Cooke, No. 05-09-01002 (Tex. Ct. App. June 28, 2011).