Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New AAA rules allow appeals!

Appellate lawyers dislike arbitration -- no appeals allowed.
But a Law360 article today -- New Arbitration Rules Allow for Alternative Appeals -- might turn that frown upsidedown, at least a little. On Friday the American Arbitration Association adopted new rules giving parties the option to appeal arbitration wards within the arbitration process. AAA's press release and new rules available here. AAA President and CEO India Johnson is quoted as saying "These rules and the process they govern are all well-thought-out, practical and anticipate a[n appellate]  process that can be completed in about three months."

"AAA arbitration appeals?!
Whatchu talkin' bout Weesie?"

Update 12/6/13: The Recorder has this article: Appellate Arbitration Isn't a Game Changer.