The United States Supreme Court issued a long anticipated opinion last week addressing the circumstances under which parties may be compelled to arbitrate disputes on a class-wide basis.Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp., 2010 WL 1655826 (Apr. 27, 2010). Although we posted a brief item about this case earlier this week, this opinion is important enough that we are posting a longer Special Focus piece today describing the Court’s reasoning in more detail. This post also notes that the Court had the opportunity to address the issue of the continued viability of manifest disregard of law as a basis for vacating arbitral awards in this opinion, but declined to do so. More on that issue next week, as the Eleventh Circuit last week joined the debate on that issue.