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Case: Hall Street Assoc., L.L.C. v. Mattel, Inc.
Subject(s): Arbitration, Federal Arbitration Act, vacating awards, statutory construction
Appealed from: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Docket No: 06-0989
Decision Rendered: No
Decision: None

Question(s) presented: Whether parties to arbitration agreements may give federal courts far more oversight power than envisioned by the Federal Arbitration Act.

Holding of appellate court: On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the original arbitration award favoring Mattel must stand. Even if the arbitrator did make legal errors, it was not the place of the courts to review the soundness of the arbitrator's decision.

Date of Oral Arguments Your Prediction Your Prediction by Justice Update
Affirm Reverse Vacate Justice Affirm Reverse Vacate
Nov 07, 2007 Alito
Breyer
Ginsburg
Kennedy
Roberts
Scalia
Souter
Stevens
Thomas