In arbitration parties meet with one or more neutral arbitrators who are selected by the parties. In the process of arbitration, the arbitrators will read the documents filed by the parties, listen to the arguments, study the testimonial evidence, and render a decision. The panel’s decision, called an “award,” is final and binding on all the parties. All parties must abide by the award, unless it is successfully challenged in court within the statutory time period. Arbitration is generally confidential, and documents submitted in arbitration are not publicly-available, unlike court-related filings Arbitration is a great alternative to litigation because the process is quicker, it is less expensive, and the arbitrator is educated in the area of the dispute. Arbitration is just one type of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
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