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United States Arbitration Act

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This text of the United States Arbitration Act addresses the validity of arbitration agreements, procedures in arbitration proceedings, and awards. It includes a convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards.
The Arbitration Act was passed in 1929, codified in 1947, and amended in 1954 and 1970. The first section, titled General Provisions, defines maritime transactions and commerce and identifies types of contracts exempted from the laws. Subsequent provisions focus on the validity, irrevocability, and enforcement of agreements to arbitrate and a stay of proceedings where the issue is referable to arbitration. Also covered are judicial responses to failure to arbitrate under agreement, appointment of arbitrators, witnesses before arbitrators, and award procedures including vacating or modifying an award. In the procedural area, the Act discusses notice of motion to vacate or modify an award, papers that should be filed with an order on motions, docketing, force and effect, and enforcement. Section 2, the convention on foreign arbitration awards, considers jurisdiction, venue, removal of cases from State courts, order to compel arbitration, awards, and procedures.