After a second trip to the First Circuit, a district court has held that remand to a new panel of arbitrators is appropriate where the panel’s vacated award was earlier held to be in manifest disregard of the law. The case involved a storied procedural history involving multiple appeals to the First Circuit. The plaintiff sought confirmation of a NASD/FINRA arbitration award, which the district court granted. After the First Circuit vacated the award as manifestly disregarding the law, and remanded the case to the district court, the district court ordered a remand of the matter to FINRA for rehearing. The defendants appealed again, arguing that the district court’s remand order “tacitly adopted” the plaintiff’s allegedly erroneous assertion that the First Circuit had condoned remand to the original arbitration panel. Although it affirmed the order remanding the case to FINRA, the First Circuit directed the district court to determine whether a new arbitration panel should be constituted, the original arbitration panel should be reconstituted, or FINRA should decide the issue in the first instance. The district court found that remand to a new panel was “most appropriate” because of the First Circuit’s earlier finding that the arbitrators had acted in manifest disregard of the law. Kashner Davidson Securities Corp. v. Mscisz, Case No. 05- 11433 (USDC D. Mass. June 25, 2010).