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Conn. High Court to Decide Whether Parties May Circumvent State Deadline for Challenging Arbitration Award

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Supreme Court will consider whether parties can avoid the state’s 30-day deadline for applying to vacate an arbitration award by including a choice-of-law provision in the arbitration agreement stating that it is governed by the Federal Arbitration Act, which contains a three-month limitation for seeking vacatur.

The state high court granted certiorari in September, following an appellate court’s ruling that the state’s 30-day deadline cannot be contractually circumvented.

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