Discovery rulings do not require vacating arbitration award

Bain Cotton Co. v. Chesnutt Cotton Co. involved a challenge to an arbitration award based on the arbitrators’ denial of discovery.  No. 12-1138 (June 24, 2013, unpublished).  In affirming the district court’s rejection of the challenge, the Fifth Circuit stated: “This appeal presents a quintessential example of a principal distinction between arbitration and litigation, especially in the scope of review. Had this discovery dispute arisen in and been ruled on by the district court, it is not unlikely that the denial of Bain’s pleas would have led to reversal; however, under the ‘strong federal policy favoring arbitration, judicial review of an arbitration award is extremely narrow.’”

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