In a full-fledged opinion by Justice Acosta (with a dissent), the First Department held that payment, by the respondent investment fund, of an arbitral award in stocks as opposed to cash required a hearing to determine the value of the stocks. The First Department outlined its role where the satisfaction of an arbitral award which has been confirmed in a judgment is before them:
As a threshold matter, we begin by observing that a party may oppose an arbitral award either by motion pursuant to CPLR 7511(a) to vacate or modify the award within 90 days after delivery of the award or by objecting to the award in opposition to an application to confirm the award notwithstanding the expiration of the 90-day period … . Here, respondent did neither. Indeed, it was petitioner who appealed the lower court's refusal to enforce the judgment. Under such circumstances, contrary to our dissenting colleague, we do not have the authority to grant a non-appealing party relief that it did not seek by vacating a judgment entered against it …. Moreover, we are not empowered to remit the matter to the arbitrator for clarification ….
Where a dispute exists as to the meaning of an arbitration award that has been confirmed in a judgment, it becomes “the Court's function to determine and declare the meaning and intent of the arbitrator ” …. To that end, a court may review the text of the arbitrator's award in conjunction with whatever findings, if any, the arbitrator has made …. In so doing, a court should adopt the most reasonable meaning of the text by avoiding any potential interpretations of the award that would render any part of its language superfluous or lead to an absurd result .. . Furthermore, the award must be interpreted in the light most favorable to the prevailing party … . Matter of Pine St Assoc, LP v Southridge Partners, LP, 2013 NY Slip Op 02854, 1st Dept, 4-25-13