Celebrity Cruises, Inc. & Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Southern District of Florida Docket
March 2, 2015
Southern District of Florida affirmed a Final Award entered
following an arbitration pursuant to the Convention on the
Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. Cardoza,
a former crewmember, arbitrated his claims against his former
employer pursuant to the terms of his employment agreement.
Unhappy with the Final Award granted by the arbitration
tribunal, Cardoza sought court intervention in Miami-Dade
Circuit Court and filed a motion to vacate the arbitral award in
an effort to obtain a jury trial. Cardoza argued that the
arbitration and final award violated statutory law and federal
public policy. McAlpin Conroy removed the case to federal court
and moved for confirmation of the tribunalís final award,
arguing that the arbitration agreement was valid and enforceable
under federal law and public policy. The Court agreed with
McAlpin Conroy and confirmed the underlying Final Award granted
by the arbitration tribunal in all respects.