August 2018 E-Bulletin

This month's E-Bulletin topics include:

  1. System Maintenance, October 2018
  2. Release of the Video Evidence Functionality Has Been Delayed
  3. Expand Your Knowledge Today
  4. After the Decision: Can I Appeal?

System Maintenance, October 2018

Image of a miniature toolbox on a laptop keyboardAF is scheduled to perform system maintenance and upgrades. As a result, AF's website will be unavailable from 10 PM Eastern on Friday, October 26, 2018, to 6 PM Eastern on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our members. AF is committed to continuously enhancing our products and services. We thank you for your continued support.
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Release of the Video Evidence Functionality Has Been Delayed

Close-up image of a video camera lenseAF’s release of the video evidence functionality, originally forecasted for August 12, has been delayed. We apologize for any inconvenience. Providing exceptional member satisfaction is critical to AF, so we want our team to complete finishing touches and testing to ensure it meets and exceeds the level of quality our members deserve. Look for more information about its release in the coming months in our E-Bulletins.
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Expand Your Knowledge Today

Image of someone circling a date on a calendarWhether you’re filing your first dispute or studying to be an arbitrator, check out our online, instructor-led webinars. Covering a wide range of topics, these webinars are a great way to expand your knowledge base and keep you current on the latest arbitration and subrogation skills and advances. So whether you’re looking to learn something new or just dusting off the cobwebs, there’s a webinar for you. Best of all, they are offered to members at no cost!

See our webinars.
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After the Decision: Can I Appeal?

Image of letter blocks spelling out the word inquiryArbitration is designed to facilitate prompt resolution of disputes with binding decisions. Toward that end, the ability to appeal a decision is limited to the Property and Special Forums and must meet certain criteria (see Rule 2-12 on Page 4 of AF Rules for more details).

Separate from this formal appeal process, parties in arbitration can file a potential clerical or jurisdictional error with AF, known as a Post-Decision Inquiry or PDI, within 30 days of the decision publication (see Rule 4-2 on Page 6 of AF Rules for more details). These potential errors must be filed online via AF’s website:  Post-Decision Inquiry.

So, how do you know if a potential clerical or jurisdictional error was made on a filing?

The short answer:  if the issue is a matter of the arbitrator’s interpretation of fact or law, it is not a clerical or jurisdictional error, and AF cannot take any action toward a possible change in the decision outcome. For more details about clerical and jurisdictional errors, read the definition of these terms on Page 8 of AF Rules.
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