Labor union keeps arbitration
award despite arbitrator’s
"serious error".

So long as an arbitrator "plainly was ‘arguably construing’ the contract", the full Sixth Circuit held today, courts must uphold his award even if he "just as plainly made a ‘serious error’ in construing the contract".  Michigan Family Resources, Inc. v. Service Employees Int’l Union Local 517M, No. 04-2564 (6th Cir. Jan. 26, 2007) (en banc) (opinion here). Three of the 13 active judges on the Court dissented.

Chalk up another point for finality in arbitration.

Barry Barnett

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