April 2019 E-Bulletin for Arbitrators

This month's E-Bulletin topics include:

  1. How Do I Adjust the Award if the Applicant Accepts Policy Limits?
  2. Compatibility Issue?
  3. Reporting Suspected Illegal, Dishonest, or Fraudulent Activities

How Do I Adjust the Award if the Applicant Accepts Policy Limits?

Conceptual image of arrows showing money increased and decreasedConsider the following scenario: the Applicant sought $7,000 and also agreed to accept the Respondent’s policy limits. The Respondent asserted its policy limits of $5,000 and included the declarations page showing the limits as claimed. Imagine your liability decision is 80%, which equals an amount of $5,600. This amount is above the Respondent’s asserted limits. How do you enter the award to reflect the reduction to the Respondent’s limits?  

In this situation, the automatic award calculator must be turned off, and the figures in the award must be entered manually.

To reduce the award to the Respondent’s limits, navigate to the Award and select Override automatic award calculation. Then, enter the damages to equal the Respondent’s limits, remembering to allocate the deductible if entered by the Applicant.
Screenshot showing the Override automatic award calculation option
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Compatibility Issue?

Illustration of business people in an office interacting with video playersNo, we’re not discussing relationship issues. We’re talking about the rare occurrence when uploaded video evidence does not play.

If this happens, do not disregard the video and proceed to hear the case without viewing it. All evidence must be viewed and considered.

Rather, contact AF’s Arbitrator Support (arbitratorsupport@arbfile.org or 1-866-977-3434). We will promptly determine whether the file is corrupted. If the video plays properly for us, we will conduct a quick video conference and play it for you.
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Reporting Suspected Illegal, Dishonest, or Fraudulent Activities

Image of a hand pointing to a icon on a tablet that reads FRAUDArbitration Forums, Inc. (AF) is committed to providing an environment free of illegal, dishonest, or fraudulent activity.

AF has contracted with a third-party service called Lighthouse Services, through which arbitrators may anonymously report suspected illegal, dishonest, or fraudulent acts or violations by an AF employee.

View the flyer for information and details about Lighthouse Services.
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