Q: Is there any way to appeal a decision by an arbitrator?
A: If certain narrow conditions are met, an arbitration award can be vacated or corrected by a court. If a court refuses to vacate or correct the award, the court's decision can be appealed. Act fast, you generally have around 3 months to file and serve the correct papers.
Only if the arbitrator did something improper, concealed a conflict of interest or bias, lied, etc. If you were prevented from presenting relevant facts or arguments. See Cal Code of Civil Procedure Sections 1285 - 1288.8. The decision itself cannot be the subject of a complaint, such as, he did not follow the law. You would have the burden of proof that there was some improper action and that you were prejudiced by that action.
Steep hill to climb. Arbitration is favored by the courts.
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