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Broad judicial deference is given to arbitration awards even where blatant factual or legal errors appear on their face. While California courts have no authority to review the reasoning by which arbitrators reach their conclusions, or even correct facial errors of fact or law, the courts can vacate or modify an award where arbitrators step beyond those powers granted to them by the parties in their agreement or in their submission of issues to be arbitrated. Code of Civil Procedure §1286.2(a)(4) provides in pertinent part that the court shall vacate an arbitration award if it determines that “[t]he arbitrators exceeded their powers and the award cannot be corrected without affecting the merits of the decision upon the controversy submitted.”

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