Comedy Club Arbitration Ruling Too Harsh: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (February 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court has relaxed part of an arbitrator's award in favor of comedy club operator Improv West Associates in a dispute over a breached trademark agreement with another comedy club chain, finding that the arbitrator overstepped his authority.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that the arbitrator in the case exceeded his authority in two areas of his award. Specifically, the court pointed to when the arbitrator barred Comedy Club Inc., which was found to have breached an agreement...
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