Parties’ Contract Cannot Eliminate Right to Apply to Vacate or Modify Arbitration Award

In Atlanta Flooring Design Centers, Inc. v. R.G. Williams Construction, Inc., a general contractor and subcontractor entered into a written subcontract which provided for arbitration of disputes.  The arbitration provisions provided that any arbitration award shall be final and …

New AAA Fixed Time and Cost Arbitration: Affordable Claims Resolution?

New AAA Fixed Time and Cost Arbitration: Affordable Dispute Resolution? 

A prior post discussed the advantages of the AAA’s Fast Track Arbitration Procedure.  More recently, the American Arbitration Association has created a new set of rules that also seek …

The Importance of Construction Document Management in Claims Resolution

The Importance of Construction Document Management in Claims Resolution

Construction projects typically involve many, many documents.  They can include volumes of specifications, supplemental specifications, and standards.  Even the contracts themselves can fill an oversized binder.  Outside of contract documents, the …

Fast Track Arbitration as a Vehicle for Resolving Small Claims

Many contractors and subcontractors fear the unpredictable costs of litigating their claims.  This is especially the case if the claim is small.  In some instances, the uncertainty of legal fees and consultant costs can cause them to forego asserting their …