11th Circ. Ruling Strenuously Protects Arbitration Pacts

Law360 (October 17, 2019, 4:34 PM EDT) -- The Federal Arbitration Act does not preclude a court challenge to an arbitration award. The FAA, however, does establish very limited grounds for vacatur of arbitration awards. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed an award of sanctions in Inversiones y Procesadora Tropical Inprotsa SA v. Del Monte International GmbH for what it held was a frivolous attempt to vacate an arbitration award. The opinion signals the court's strong policy of limiting arbitration challenges strictly to only a handful of recognized bases.

The Federal Arbitration Act recognizes four grounds for vacatur of an arbitration award: (1) corruption; (2)...

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