April 2016 E-Bulletin

This month's E-Bulletin topics include:

  1. Can the Arbitrator Consider Your Damage Dispute?
  2. Quick Tip: Verifying Your Evidence
  3. Training Opportunities

Can the Arbitrator Consider Your Damage Dispute?

Are you paying attention to the details when it comes to disputing damages? Please be aware that damage disputes are eligible for arbitrator consideration only if presented in the Dispute Damages section of Online Filing.

Attention to detail... can't be (and never is) added later. - Marco Arment, cofounder of TumblrThe reason for the separate area is to make it easy for the arbitrator, and the Applicant, to recognize if the Respondent challenges the amount of damages paid. This format also enables arbitrator efficiency because, if the Applicant does not meet the preponderance of evidence standard to prove liability, the damages are simply not an issue.

Rule 2-5 specifies that damages arguments must be presented in the Dispute Damages section and that damages arguments entered elsewhere will not be considered by the arbitrator. Please note the Dispute Damages tab specifically includes a question to confirm if you are disputing the Applicant's damages. This question defaults to No unless you click the Dispute Damages tab and enter Yes. Present all damages arguments and disputed dollar amounts in the Dispute Damages section:

Damage Dispute Information

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Quick Tip: Verifying Your Evidence

Hints and TipsWhen filing or responding to a case, you must click "Finish" before you get the option to submit any evidence.

Once you have uploaded your evidence, be sure to go back to the docket details screen to review your case and verify that the PDFs for your evidence are correct and viewable.

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Training Opportunities

Training and DevelopmentWhether you are filing for the first time or want a refresher course, these interactive, instructor-led Webinars offer valuable information on filing and responding to claims. Sign up today on the AF Web site!

Key Arbitration Rules and Terms
May 27, 11 AM EST

Upon completion of this Webinar, learners will be able to better explain and apply the key rules and terms of AF's intercompany arbitration programs.

Writing Effective Contentions (Filing Company)
May 9, 11 AM EST

Develop the skills you need to prepare an effective case by learning how to write an introductory statement, body, and closing statement, and discover how to use the "linking" technique to support each allegation with specific evidence. An activity is included to provide learners with the opportunity to apply the content discussed.

Writing Effective Contentions (Responder Company)
May 9, 2 PM EST

Develop the skills you need to effectively respond to a filing by learning how to write an introductory statement, body, and closing statement, and discover how to use the "linking" technique to support each allegation made with specific evidence. This Webinar also includes discussion on affirmative defenses and disputing damages.

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