It has long been assumed that the Constitution prohibited the United States government from entering binding arbitration as a party. The Department of Justice recently re-examined the issue and concluded that there is no absolute constitutional bar to government participation in binding arbitration.' Tenaska is the first reported court decision to adopt the Department of Justice's new reasoning. The court in Tenaska Washington Partners II v. The United States held that a dispute between a private party and a governmental agency must be submitted to binding arbitration when the parties' voluntary agreement contains an arbitration clause.'



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.