The Jensen Litigation Firm, PLLC represents businesses and individuals in arbitrations. People hire us to understand their rights and taken them through the arbitration process. If you need an attorney to fight for your rights at an arbitration, we can help. Contact us now to protect your rights.
What is arbitration?
Arbitration is a method of dispute resolution resembling a private court. The arbitrator is typically an attorney that will decide the case or give a recommendation. An arbitration typically arises from a contract with an arbitration clause, but the parties can also elect to litigate their dispute at an arbitration rather than district court.
What are basic laws and rules for arbitrations in Minnesota?
There are multiple sources of authority for arbitrations. Minnesota has adopted the Uniform Arbitration Act (MRUAA) at Chapter 572B. There may also be some applicability of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in some circumstances.
Further, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has detailed rules that apply to its arbitrations. Here are AAA's rules, forms, and fees. There are different rules for different kinds of cases. For instance, AAA has separate rules for commercial, construction, consumer, employment, appellate, and international arbitrations. The amount in dispute will determine how fast the arbitration will proceed, whether there is any discovery, and will impact other procedures. Generally, a dispute with more in dispute will have more procedures and a slower track.
The parties' contract may provide additional guidance on the preferred procedures for the arbitration. Overall, arbitration is a formal process but can provide flexibility for adapting to a particular dispute.
There is a growing trend nationally and internationally for commercial disputes to be handled at arbitration rather than a district court. Parties may have more control over the process and selection of the arbitrator.
There also appears to be an increase in consumer and employment claims to be heard at arbitrations. Whatever the type of arbitration case, it may be necessary to hire a competent attorney to take you through the process.
We have the knowledge and experience to represent you at an arbitration. Do not hesitate to contact us if:
- You are in a dispute and there is an arbitration clause.
- You already have an arbitration scheduled.
- You are seeking to avoid enforcement of an arbitration award or are seeking to confirm and collect upon an award.
With offices in Shakopee (Scott County) and Litchfield (Meeker County), we handle arbitrations throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.