2District of New York (Rakoff,
) vacating an arbitration award on the ground that the arbitratorhad exceeded her authority in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in
Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp.
, __ U.S. __, 130 S. Ct. 1758 (2010). We hold that the districtcourt, rather than examining whether the arbitrator had exceeded her authority under theprecedent of this circuit, improperly substituted its own interpretation of the parties’ arbitrationagreement for that of the arbitrator’s to conclude that the arbitrator had reached an incorrectdetermination that the parties’ arbitration agreement did not prohibit class arbitration. We,therefore, reverse the judgment of the district court vacating the arbitration award and remandwith instructions to confirm the award.R
.Judge Winter dissents in a separate opinion._____________________J
, Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll PLLC, Washington,DC, (Jenny R. Yang and Kalpana Kotagal, Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & TollPLLC, Thomas Warren, Thomas A. Warren Law Offices, P.L., and SamSmith, Burr & Smith, LLP
on the brief
for Plaintiffs-Counter- Defendants-Appellants.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP, New York, NY, (DavidBennet Ross and Daniel B. Klein, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Stephen S.Zashin, Zashin & Rich Co., L.P.A.,
on the brief
:Plaintiffs, a group of retail sales employees of defendant Sterling Jewelers, Inc.’s national jewelry chain stores, appeal from an order of the United States District Court for the SouthernDistrict of New York (Rakoff,
) vacating an arbitration award on the ground that the arbitrator