LOEWENSTEIN INC v. DRAHEIM

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District Court of Appeal of Florida,Fourth District.

LOEWENSTEIN, INC., Appellant, v. John DRAHEIM, as agent and principal of the Bierman/Draheim Partnership, Appellee.

No. 4D05-1992.

Decided: November 30, 2005

Scott A. Forman, and Patrick F. Martin of Littler Mendelson, P.C., Miami, for appellant. John N. Cain, Jr., and Kevin J. Fitzsimmons of Mandelbaum, Fitzsimmons & Hewitt, P.A., Tampa, for appellee.

The circuit court vacated an arbitration award because the arbitrator “exceeded the powers granted to him.”   Appellant, Loewenstein, Inc., filed a motion seeking to compel another arbitration.   The court denied the motion.   Loewenstein appeals.   This court has jurisdiction.   See Fla. R.App. P. 9.130(a)(3)(C)(iv).   We reverse.

 This is a case where the parties contractually agreed to arbitrate.   Cf. Ruffin v. Kingswood E. Condo. Ass'n, Inc., 719 So.2d 951, 953 n. 2 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998).   It is error for a circuit court to enter an order vacating an arbitration award without directing a rehearing by the arbitration panel.   See Ripple v. Packard, 471 So.2d 1293 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985);  Fridman v. Citicorp Real Estate, Inc., 596 So.2d 1128, 1129 (Fla. 2d DCA 1992), overruled on other grounds by Turnberry Assocs. v. Service Station Aid, Inc., 651 So.2d 1173 (Fla.1995);  see also § 682.13(3), 682.20(1)(e), Fla. Stat. (2005).

Reversed and remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

PER CURIAM.

GUNTHER, GROSS and HAZOURI, JJ., concur.

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