Ira M. Schulman, partner in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, was quoted in the April 9, 2015 LoHud article, "Tappan Zee Builder Wins $7.3M Wage Dispute."
"It's a lot of dollars at stake," said Ira Schulman of the Manhattan-based Pepper Hamilton construction law firm, who is not involved in the case but has kept tabs on it.
While the backtracking doesn't help inspire confidence in the arbitration process, Schulman, the construction lawer, said the decision confirms the ability of an arbitrator to correct a mistake.
"To that end, it's a good thing," he said. "This type of U-turn is unusual."
Carter's decision, which spanned 22 pages in its explanation, likely would be difficult to win on appeal, though if union lawyers believe they have valid arguments they might be able to use the appeal as a bargaining chip for negotiations, Schulman said.