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 The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA or Act), 9 U.S.C. 1 et seq., provides for expedited judicial review to confirm, vacate, or modify arbitration awards. §§9-11 (2000 ed. and Supp. V). 


Congress enacted the FAA to replace judicial indisposition to arbitration with a 'national policy favoring [it] and plac[ing] arbitration agreements on equal footing with all other contracts.' Buckeye Check Cashing, Inc. v. Cardegna, 546 U. S. 440 , 443 (2006). As for jurisdiction over controversies touching arbitration, the Act does nothing, being 'something of an anomaly in the field of federal-court jurisdiction' in bestowing no federal jurisdiction but rather requiring an independent jurisdictional basis. Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital v. Mercury Constr. Corp., 460 U. S. 1, 25, n. 32 (1983); see, e.g., 9 U.S.C. 4 (providing for action by a federal district court 'which, save for such [arbitration] agreement, would have jurisdiction under title 28').2But in cases falling within a court's jurisdiction, the Act makes contracts to arbitrate 'valid, irrevocable, and enforceable,' so long as their subject involves 'commerce.' §2. And this is so whether an agreement has a broad reach or goes just to one dispute, and whether enforcement be sought in ...

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