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When you just can't come to an agreement, court isn't the only answer. Arbitration is an out-of-court means of dispute resolution. When parties have a disagreement, the 'arbitrator' or 'arbiter' is a neutral third-party that reviews the case to determine what action should be taken, and will determine the terms under which the dispute will be settled. The decision of the arbitrator is final, and may be legally binding or non-binding.

If you have a dispute with your employer or over a commercial contract, it is likely that arbitration is mandatory to resolve any issues. Being an easier means than taking anyone to court, arbitration is often required for resolving disputes within a company and is most often used in settling commercial disputes. Does arbitration sound like your solution? Get started today – find the arbitration attorney or arbitrator you need in any specialty, in any state.


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Recent changes in arbitration rules will now make it an even more appealing option for resolving construction disputes.  The American Arbitration Association recently instituted the new rules under its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules.  Under the new rules, certain gaps and ambiguities in old rules are eliminated.  There are also additional tools now available to help arbitrators manage claims. 


Specific chances include:


  • A new rule imposing a time frame that is intended to reduce delays and costs
  • A rule requiring mediation in all cases with a claim exceeding $100,000, in an effort to facilitate faster resolutions
  • A rewriting of Rule 23 which now providers greater flexibility into the preliminary hearing and states the hearing will be held at “the discretion of the arbitrator”
  • A revision of Rule 24 that deals with the pre-hearing exchange of information, that now makes clear the arbitrator has the prerogative to impose discovery requirements on disputing parties
  • Revision of Rule 25 that now provides explicit enforcement mechanisms to issue orders necessary to enforce the changes to rules 23 and 24
  • A change in Rule 34 that now allows the arbitrator to entertain motions that would dispose of claims or narrow issues in a dispute
  • A change in Emergency Measures of Protection that allows a party to request an arbitrator on an emergency basis


This final change, applicable to Rule 39, is arguably the most significant change.  Emergency arbitrators will now be assigned within one business day of a request and will have the power to issue interim relief to disputing parties.  Many believe this final change will provide the most benefit in terms of cost savings.