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An Introduction to Arbitration

Richard A. Bales

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law

Bench & Bar (Kentucky), March 2006

This is a short essay introducing the reader to arbitration. Designed for general practitioners and non-lawyers, the essay includes sections on:

• The advantages of arbitration over litigation: speed, cost, and informality.
• Concerns about arbitration, especially arbitration agreements drafted by a party with overwhelming bargaining power and imposed upon a much weaker party (such as an employee or consumer).
• The controlling law (Federal Arbitration Act and state arbitration acts).
• The process of choosing an arbitrator, including rules requiring prospective arbitrators to disclose certain information.
• Tips for the advocate, such as preparing the case for a professional arbitrator rather than a lay jury, the function of evidentiary objections, and arbitrator determinations of credibility.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 3

Keywords: arbitration, arbitrate, introduction, tips

JEL Classification: J52, K41

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Date posted: March 13, 2006  

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Bales, Richard A., An Introduction to Arbitration. Bench & Bar (Kentucky), March 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=888545

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Richard A. Bales (Contact Author)
Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law ( email )
525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
United States
419-772-2205 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://law.onu.edu/node/3073
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