The Second Circuit reminded us yesterday that judicial review of arbitration awards is “among the most deferential in the law.” And when district courts are not sufficiently deferential, their decisions are likely to be overturned. That happened recently in Tom Brady’s “deflate-gate” arbitration, and in an arbitration over how much a pedestrian was owed
Arbitration case law did not break any new ground in 2015. Instead, a larger sector of the public became aware of the ground already broken in 2011 and 2013, as well as how common arbitration is in professional sports.
Let’s review some of the attention-grabbing arbitration headlines of 2015. There was:
- That time in February
Again this year, a famous athlete put the spotlight on the process of arbitration. Earlier this month, Tom Brady succeeded in convincing a federal judge to vacate the arbitration award against Brady. (The four-game “deflategate” suspension — a pdf of the decision is available through the link.)
The decision vacating the award is 40 pages…