With the movement toward alternative dispute resolution comes the issue of how much freedom arbitrators will be given before the courts will find the arbitrator's rulings to be beyond their jurisdiction. This Note will provide an understanding of the decision in Cobler v. Stanley, Barber, Southard, Brown & Associates, where the court limited the power of the arbitrator. 2 Further, this Note will explain how Cobler is inconsistent with California case law which suggests that great deference shall be given to the power of arbitrators.



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