High Court's Arbitration Ruling Gets Mixed Reactions

Law360 (March 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday that arbitration awards should receive limited review by courts under federal law has drawn concerns from some lawyers that the restricted scope would deter companies from arbitrating disputes while it has been touted by others as preserving the arbitration process.

In the court’s 6-3 ruling in Hall Street Associates LLC v. Mattel Inc., the justices rejected Hall Street’s argument that the Federal Arbitration Act allows for expandable judicial review of an arbitrator’s legal errors but noted that the FAA...
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