Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Daniel Geyser, chair of the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court Practice, won an 8-1 ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Badgerow v. Walters. Dan argued the case on behalf of the petitioner, Denise Badgerow. The court sided with Badgerow in determining that federal courts do not have subject-matter jurisdiction to confirm or vacate arbitration awards under Sections 9 and 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act. Without a statutory instruction, the justices held that a court can look only to the application actually submitted to it in assessing its jurisdiction.
Dan is considered one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court and appellate lawyers. He has argued 12 U.S. Supreme Court cases in private practice, more than any other active Colorado lawyer. In January, the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert. in Siegel v. Fitzgerald (No. 21-441), which involves the constitutionality of a 2017 federal law increasing the quarterly trustee fees in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Dan will argue the case in April on behalf of Alfred Siegel, the trustee of the Circuit City Liquidating Trust.
Below are excerpts of media coverage of Dan’s win in the Badgerow case:
Law360: “Justices Limit Fed. Courts' Say Over Arbitration Awards”
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said that federal courts do not have authority to search an arbitration dispute for a federal question that would establish jurisdiction to confirm or deny an arbitral award.
Daniel L. Geyser, a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP who's representing Badgerow and the case in November, lauded the Supreme Court's decision in a statement to Law360 on Thursday.
"We're very grateful for the win, and delighted for our client. We think the court's opinion is an important contribution in clarifying the jurisdiction rules for everyday filings under the FAA," Geyser, chair of Haynes and Boone's Supreme Court Practice, said.
Badgerow is represented by Daniel L. Geyser of Haynes and Boone, LLP and Amanda Butler Schley of Business Law Group.
Note: The ruling was covered elsewhere, including: