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Poorly crafted arbitration awards invite judicial attack and frustrate the objective of finality. The authors assert that a competent final and binding award must 1) be enforceable and impervious to legal attack, 2) deter legal challenges (i.e., provide no legal “handle” for appeal) and 3) satisfy the losing party that they have had their “day …

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The arbitrator’s immunity from suit and subpoena

The authors discuss the origin, theory, and current application of the doctrine of arbitral immunity. They recommend an “aggressive defense” in response to suit or subpoena, and present possible responses to each.

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