Suits challenging the decision of an arbitrator in a union grievance in Pennsylvania must be filed within 30 days of the arbitrator’s decision because the federal Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) includes no statute of limitations and courts therefore apply the analogous state law time limit, a federal judge has ruled.

In his nine-page opinion in Banta Tile & Marble Co. v. International Union of Bricklayers, U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond rejected the plaintiff’s argument that the 90-day time limit in the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) should apply.