Worker Keeps $1M Arbitration Win Despite Bias Claim

By Michelle Casady (January 8, 2021, 5:41 PM EST) -- A Texas appellate court on Thursday affirmed a nearly $1 million arbitration award in favor of an injured worker who was hit by a forklift's load on the job and required lumbar fusion surgery, rejecting his employer's arguments that the award was void because of the arbitrator's "evident partiality."

Trailer manufacturer Load Trail LLC had argued to the Sixth Court of Appeals panel that the arbitrator who sided with Joseph Julian showed his bias by, among other things, admonishing counsel for objecting after a witness answered a question, by "pressuring" the company to settle with Julian and by overruling some objections....

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