CURTIS V. GÓMEZ, District Judge.
Before the Court are (1) the motion of Felton Carlson ("Carlson") to enforce an arbitration award; and (2) the motion of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. ("NCLH"), to vacate that arbitration award.
On December 3, 2013, Carlson commenced a civil action against NCLH by filing a complaint in this Court. On March 6, 2015, the Court referred this matter to arbitration and ordered the matter stayed pending the completion of arbitration. On July 1, 2016, the arbitrator rendered a final award in favor of Carlson. Subsequently, Carlson moved for this Court to enforce the arbitration award. NCLH moved for this Court to vacate the arbitration award.
On March 27, 2017, the Court held a hearing on these motions. During the hearing, the Court concluded that, before considering Carlson's motion to enforce, it was appropriate to consider whether there were grounds for vacating the arbitration award. After taking evidence and hearing argument from both parties, the Court held that the arbitrator had committed "misconduct . . . in refusing to hear evidence pertinent and material to the controversy," 9 U.S.C. § 10(a)(3), and "otherwise" prevented NCLH from "present[ing] [its] case," Convention Done at New York June 10, 1958, T.I.A.S. No. 6997 (Dec. 29, 1970) (Article V(1)(b)).
The premises considered, and for the reasons outlined by the Court from the bench on March 27, 2017, it is hereby