On October 8, 2015, the Mississippi Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Madison County Circuit Court’s judgment confirming a substantial arbitration award in favor of Regions Insurance, Inc. d/b/a Regions Insurance. The underlying arbitration involved two former employees’ violations of their employment contracts with Regions. Specifically, Regions alleged the former employees wrongfully and intentionally conspired together and with their new employer, a direct competitor of Regions, to divert business from Regions to themselves. The arbitrator found that the former employees breached their employment agreements with Regions and awarded Regions compensatory damages pursuant to the defined formula in the agreements, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and arbitration expenses and costs. The Madison County Circuit Court affirmed the arbitration award, despite the former employees’ arguments that the arbitrator exceeded his powers by awarding equitable relief and that the arbitrator’s conversation with a potential witness after the hearing but before issuing the award constituted undue means, misconduct or misbehavior. The former employees appealed the Circuit Court’s judgment to the Mississippi Supreme Court, and the Mississippi Supreme Court held that the arbitrator did not exceed his authority because the former employees’ submission to arbitration included Regions’ claim for damages pursuant to the defined formula. Additionally, because the arbitrator’s conversation with the potential witness was neither material nor influential to the award, the Court found that the arbitration award was not procured by undue means and that the arbitrator’s conduct did not prejudice the former employees’ rights.