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Authority of Court to Vacate Arbitrator’s Award Expanded

August 4, 2020

In WSC/2005 LLC v. Trio Ventures Associates, Maryland’s highest court ruled that a court can vacate an arbitrator’s award if that award manifestly disregards applicable law.  The Court found that this power exists even though it is not specifically set forth in the Maryland Uniform Arbitration Act.  The Court further found that in order for a manifest disregard of applicable law to occur, the arbitrator must have refused to heed an applicable legal standard that is clearly defined and not the subject of reasonable debate.