February 2018 E-Bulletin

This month's E-Bulletin topics include:

  1. Re-asserting Affirmative Defenses
  2. Training Opportunities
  3. Coming Soon – New Arbitrator Testing Platform

Re-asserting Affirmative Defenses

Image of a string tied around a finger as a reminderWhen, as a responding party, you assert an affirmative defense and request a deferment, remember to re-assert the affirmative defense before the deferment period expires and/or the case proceeds to hearing. Not re-asserting the affirmative defense will cause the case to be heard without it.

For example, let’s examine a case in which a Respondent asserts the affirmative defense of policy limits and requests a deferment due to the potential of other claims against its policy limits. If, when the case is heard for the arbitrator to rule on the affirmative defense, the arbitrator agrees the deferment is warranted, he/she will need to deny the affirmative defense (accepting the affirmative defense would close the filing). Since the affirmative defense has been ruled on, it no longer exists in the case.

This is why it is so important for responding parties to revisit the case and re-assert the affirmative defense when warranted.
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Training Opportunities

Image of two business women looking at a laptopWhether 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.

New for 2018!! Presenting an Effective Case
In this 90-minute, instructor-led Webinar, develop the skills needed to present an effective case from both the Filer and Responder perspectives. You will be given the opportunity to practice concepts learned through course activities. Sign up!

Explore the Elements of Proof and learn the key role they play in building a solid liability theory.
Learn how to organize your arguments and write contentions in a clear and convincing way.
Discover how to use the linking technique to bolster arguments with specific evidence items.
  • February 8, 2018 - 11:00 AM EST
  • February 22, 2018 - 11:00 AM EST
Key Arbitration Rules and Terms
Upon completion of this Webinar, you will be able to better explain and apply the key rules and terms of AF’s intercompany arbitration programs. Est. duration: 1 hour. Sign up!
  • March 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM EDT
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Coming Soon – New Arbitrator Testing Platform

Image of a marquee sign that says Coming SoonArbitration Forums, Inc. will be transitioning to a new arbitrator testing platform in the second quarter of 2018. To transition to the new platform, all users who are in the process of becoming an arbitrator must complete unfinished and/or outstanding tests in the current platform by May 4, 2018. Any tests not completed in the current platform by the end of the transition period must be retaken on the new platform. Additional information will be provided soon.
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