Authority of Arbitrators

“Suzlon Energy, A/S v. Ventus De Nicaragua, S. A., 38 Fla. L. Weekly D304a, Case No. 3D11-1087, filed February 6, 2013. An order confirming an arbitration award in a dispute over sales commissions for wind turbines was reversed due to the lack of authority by the buyer’s corporate representative to initiate arbitration. While the contract contained an arbitration provision, and the tribunal found that it had jurisdiction, the court found that the arbitrators had “exceeded their powers” under s. 682.13(1)(c) as a basis for vacating the arbitration award.” (from RPPTL Construction Regulation Subcommittee).