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Mealey's Franchise - Panel Reverses Confirmation Of Monster's Award Due To Arbitrator's Failure To Disclose

SAN FRANCISCO - In a dispute between Monster Energy Co. and another beverage company over the termination of an exclusive distribution rights agreement, a majority of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 22 reversed a lower court's confirmation of an arbitration award because the arbitrator failed to disclose his ownership interest in JAMS (Monster Energy Co. v. City Beverages, LLC, Nos. 17-55813 & 17-56082, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 31388).
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