• Arbitrator’s Decision to Limit Discovery Not Enough to Vacate Arbitration Award under the FAA
  • August 8, 2013 | Authors: Gary D. Adamson; John D. Roesser; Louis A. Russo
  • Law Firm: Alston & Bird LLP - New York Office
  • In a recent decision, Bain Cotton Co. v. Chesnutt Cotton Co., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit refused to expand the “extremely narrow” grounds upon which an arbitration award is subject to judicial review under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). By a per curiam decision, the court left undisturbed an arbitration award where the plaintiff, Bain, argued that the arbitral tribunal’s denial of discovery requests during the course of arbitration constituted evidence of partiality or corruption that, under the FAA, would provide a basis to overturn the arbitral tribunal’s award.