Employment Disputes

Mesa Airlines, Inc. v. Air Line Pilots Association International, Case No. 2:11-cv-02106 (USDC D. Ariz. Sept. 14, 2012) (granting summary judgment upholding labor arbitration award; arbitrator’s reinstatement of airline pilot did not exceed jurisdiction by ignoring language of collective bargaining agreement, did not violate public policy, and did not exhibit bias by ignoring evidence).

Hamerslough v. Hipple, Case No. 1:10-cv-03056 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Oct. 25, 2012) (denying petition to vacate award; granting cross-petition to confirm award; award providing additional commissions to former salesperson, but only based on revenue collected prior to termination, was not based on arbitrator “exceeding their powers,” was not a “manifest disregard,” and was not contrary to public policy, including determination that salesperson was not “prevailing party” for purposes of awarding attorney’s fees).

Class Waiver

Webster v. Freedom Debt Relief, LLC, Case No. 1:12-cv-01654 (USDC N.D. Ohio Sept. 25, 2012) (denying petition to vacate award finding that underlying agreement precluded class arbitration; arbitrator did not commit “manifest disregard”).

Exceeding Authority/Manifest Disregard

Estate of Wildhaber v. Life Care Centers of America, Case No. 2:10-cv-00015 (USDC D. Nev. Oct. 23, 2012) (granting application for confirmation of award; denying motion to vacate and modify award; award for $1.5 million for pain and suffering and statutory double damages was not excessive for wrongful death, elder abuse, and elder neglect; no “manifest disregard” for award of prejudgment interest on attorney’s fees, statutory double damages, and grief and sorrow).

Day & Zimmerman, Inc. v. SOC-SMG, Inc., Case No. 2:11-cv-06008 (USDC E.D. Pa. Oct. 22, 2012) (granting motion to confirm award; denying motion to vacate award; rejecting argument that filing of “complaint” to vacate award instead of “motion” under FAA was grounds for dismissal of action, but confirming award because arbitrators did not exceed authority and other vacatur arguments were not viable under FAA).

Oehme, Van Sweden & Associates, Inc. v. Maypaul Trading & Services Ltd., Case No. 1:12-cv-00005 (USDC D.D.C. Nov. 6, 2012) (granting motion to confirm award; denying motion to vacate award; non-signatory bound to arbitration agreement under “apparent agency”; arbitrator did not commit “manifest disregard”).

CD&L Realty LLC v. Owens-Illinois, Inc., Case No. 1:11-cv-07248 (USDC D.N.J. Sept. 25, 2012) (granting motion to confirm award after removal; denying vacatur; arbitrator did not exceed authority, or violate public policy; plaintiff could not challenge arbitrator’s rejection of fraud and breach of contract claims for legal or factual error).

Procedural Issues

Degrate v. Broadcast Music Inc., Case No. 1:12-cv-01700 (USDC S.D.N.Y. Oct. 25, 2012) (dismissing sua sponte pro se petition to vacate award as untimely; deadlines for petition under state law and FAA would not be extended due to “unique circumstances” or “equitable tolling”).

Nuzzi v. Coachmen Industries, Inc., Case No. 3:09-cv-00116 (USDC N.D. Ind. Oct. 26, 2012) (denying motion to vacate award; action stayed against entities that filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but would proceed against viable defendant parent company; perceived “unfairness” of summary arbitration procedures not viable grounds for vacatur under FAA; arbitrator did not commit “manifest disregard”).