SEATTLE - A Washington federal judge on Oct. 18 granted a petition to confirm an international arbitration award issued in favor of Canadian corporations in a dispute over a purchase agreement for the rights associated with certain fire retardant chemicals, finding that a group of American companies failed to show that the arbitrator's award showed manifest disregard for the law or went against public policy (Global Building Products Ltd., et al. v. Chemco Inc., No. 12-1017, W.D. Wash.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150317).