McAlpine v. PriddleAnnotate this Case
The issues before the Supreme Court in this case arose from an attorney fee dispute arbitration conducted under the state Revised Uniform Arbitration Act. The two primary issues related to the appropriate standard of review when a party asserts an arbitration decision was procured by fraud and the possible application of non-statutory public policy grounds to vacate an arbitration award. The Alaska Supreme Court adopted the federal standard for reviewing claims where an arbitration decision was procured by fraud, and concluded the arbitration panel’s decision that there was no fraud was not reviewable. Furthermore, the Court concluded that on the facts found by the arbitration panel, there was no basis to vacate the arbitration decision on public policy grounds.