By Bill Wright
When a former employee lost his discrimination claim in arbitration, he went to court to have the decision set aside. Among the grounds he cited: two years earlier the arbitrator had run for seat on the state supreme court and a minority owner of the employer had contributed $4,500 to the arbitrator’s campaign fund. The court refused to set aside the arbitration ruling — the former employee’s own attorneys had contributed $26,000 to the same campaign. There is no evident partiality if a reasonable person could not determine which side the arbitrator would favor. Freeman v. Pittsburgh Class Works, LLC, No. 12-2026 (March 6, 2013).