The Houston (14th) Court of Appeals recently held that a fee agreement that included a mandatory arbitration agreement does not violate public policy.  In this case, the attorney had included an arbitration clause requiring arbitration in Harris County under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)according to American Arbitration Association rules.  When the client brought suit against the

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Hall Street Associates v. Mattel  "restricts the grounds for vacatur" of an arbitration award and, thus, "manifest disregard for the law is no longer an indepdendent ground for vacating arbitration awards under the FAA."  Consequently