4th Circ. Says Arbitrator Manifestly Disregarded Law

Law360, New York (October 30, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit vacated an unnamed arbitrator's $457,108 award to an accountant on counterclaims against a former employer who accused him of violating a noncompete, taking the rare step of nixing an arbitrator's decision because of “manifest disregard” for the law.

In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel held that the arbitrator's damages award to Arun Walia on his counterclaims against his former employer Kiran M. Dewan CPA PA could not stand because the arbitrator had permitted Walia to proceed with his claims despite having found...
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