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Important Rules Amendments 

Effective May 17, 2012, the American Health Lawyers Association voted to replace its code of ethics for mediators with the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. 

Effective June 27, 2012, the American Health Lawyers Association voted to replace its Rules of Procedure for Mediation with a standard Agreement to Mediate. 

May 2012 Amendment to Rules of Procedure for Arbitration

Effective May 17, 2012, the American Health Lawyers Association adopted the Code of Ethics for Arbitrators in Commercial Disputes in place of its previous code of ethics.  The Rules of Procedure for Arbitration were amended to reflect this change.

Users should use the links above to download the latest versions of the ethics code and rules.

July 2010 Amendment to the Rules of Procedures for Arbitration and the AHLA ADR Service Non-Refundable Administrative Fees, Effective July 2010:

Effective July 12, 2010, The American Health Lawyers Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Service [the Service] has amended its Rules of Procedures for Arbitration[the Rules]. Arbitrators and users should download the Rules at the link above to ensure that they are applying the most current set of rules. The Service has also amended its non-refundable, administrative fees structure to reflect the higher costs of maintaining the datablase used to search for resolvers. The new rates will not go into effect until August 1, 2010.

July 2008 - Appendix I - Schedule of Nonrefundable Administrative Fees for a List of Hearing Officers have been amended:

Effective July 2008, Appendix I – Schedule of Nonrefundable Administration Fees contained in the Rules of Procedures for Arbitration and Mediation, has been amended for requesting a list of Hearing Officers. The fee for a Hearing Officer list has been reduced from $1,500 to $900.

Code of Ethics, Section 3.02 Required Disclosures

The amended Code of Ethics for Arbitrators, Section 3.02 Required Disclosures, second paragraph, reads as follows:

After appropriate disclosure of a direct and contemporaneous interest other than a directly adverse interest, the arbitrator may serve if all parties consent.

The amended Code of Ethics for Mediators, Section 3.02 Required Disclosures, second paragraph, reads as follows:

After appropriate disclosure of a direct and contemporaneous interest other than a directly adverse interest, the mediator may serve if all parties consent.

 

July 2008 - The Rules of Procedures for Arbitration and Mediation have been amended, effective October 1, 2007, as shown below: 

Administrative Fee

Effective October 1, 2007 the Administrative Fee for the first panel of ten dispute resolvers is $2,500 (see Appendix I of the Rules of Procedure for Arbitration and Mediation). The administrative fee helps to defray some of the considerable expenses during the process of appointing an arbitrator or mediator.

Other Rules Amendments effective October 1, 2007:


1. Counting of Days.

The Rules of Procedure for Arbitration, Section 6.03 Counting of Days and Rules of Procedure for Mediation, Section 4.03 Counting of Days, have been amended in connection with the ten-day period for the appointment of an arbitrator or mediator. The revised Rules' Sections 6.03 and 4.03, respectively, read as follows:

Counting of Days
In instances in which the counting of days is required by these Rules, the day of the event shall count, but the day upon which a notice, process or other communication would otherwise be required sent shall not count. If the date on which some action is to be taken, a notice, process, or other communication would otherwise be required to be sent or a period would otherwise expire, falls on a holiday, a Saturday or a Sunday, such action shall be taken, such notice, process, or other communication sent or such period extended to the next succeeding Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, which is not a holiday. For purposes of the Rules, the term "holiday" means such days as are recognized as holidays by the United States Postal Service.

"Days" for purposes of these Rules mean "business days." Thus, Saturdays and Sundays are not counted as a "day" under these Rules. When Saturdays and Sundays are to be counted, the Rules will indicate "calendar days."

2. Minor changes also have been made in the following Sections:

Section 2.01(b) Procedures for Requesting Arbitrator Lists
Section 4.09 Appointment of Panel of Arbitrators
Section 5.01(a) Expedited Procedures


 


 
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