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The Ninth Circuit has reinstated an arbitration decision that had been vacated by the U.S. District Court. In SW Reg. Council of Carpenters v. Drywall Dynamics, Inc. (9th Cir. 14-55250 5/19/16), the arbitrator ruled that an employer was bound by a memorandum of understanding extending the term of a labor agreement. The district court vacated the arbitration award on the grounds that the arbitrator’s interpretation of the parties’ agreement was not plausible and was contrary to public policy. The Ninth Circuit held that the district court’s decision exceeded its narrow authority to determine whether the arbitrator’s award was based on the parties’ contract and whether it violated an explicit, well-defined, and dominant public policy. You can read the entire opinion at this link. [PDF]


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