No signature required

The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s confirmation of an arbitration award against challenges by both sides.  One party argued that there was no agreement to arbitrate, and the Court resolved that issue under general contract law principles: “Signature[] lines may be strong evidence that the parties did not intend to be bound by a contract until they signed it. But the blank signature blocks here are insufficient, by themselves, to raise a genuine dispute of material fact.”  The other party disputed the handling of postjudgment interest, but the Court concluded that the panel had only awarded post-award interest, leaving the district court free to impose the statutory postjudgment rate upon confirmation. The Court noted that parties may contract to have the arbitrator resolve the appropriate postjudgment rate.  Tricon Energy Ltd. v. Vinmar Int’l, Ltd., No. 12-20100 (May 3, 2013).

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