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July 06, 2010


Jeff J.

Good question. Subsection 23 (b) of the NCCUSL and the D.C. Uniform Arbitration Act, the provision at the heart of your question, differ greatly.

Subsection 23 (b) in NCCUSL’s 2000 revision provided: "A [motion] under this section must be filed within 90 days after the [movant] receives notice of the award pursuant to Section 19 or within 90 days after the [movant] receives notice of a modified or corrected award pursuant to Section 20, unless the [movant] alleges that the award was procured by corruption, fraud, or other undue means, in which case the [motion] must be made within 90 days after the ground is known or by the exercise of reasonable care would have been known by the [movant]."

Subsection 23 (b) of the D.C. Uniform Arbitration Act provided: “The court may vacate an award made in the arbitration proceeding on other reasonable ground.”

As the court notes in the opinion, which is now linked to in this post, "When and why subsection (b) was changed to reflect the current language is a mystery; there is no legislative history explaining the substitution of the existing subsection (b) for the NCCUSL’s subsection (b)."


What would be really interesting to know (for those of us not in D.C., anyway) is exactly what the new DC statute did that the 2000 NCCUSL outline doesn't.

Without knowing how the "or other reasonable grounds" clause compares with the national standard, we're all clueless as to whether this court decision bears any relevance.

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