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New Arbitration Act Prepared

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The Delaware State Bar Association has prepared a new "Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act."  A copy with commentary is available here. The DRAA is designed to address the current problems with costs and delays that infect many arbitrations. It sets strict  limits on how long the arbitration should take and penalizes arbitrators who fail to act within those limits. It is expected that the DRAA will also avoid the extensive e-discovery that has more recently been permitted in arbitrations that are now closer to full-scale litigation. Arbitrator selection will also be streamlined. The DRAA requires that only parties who have signed an agreement to use its terms are subject to the DRAA. Hence, these arbitrations will not be available to cover stockholder or other representative litigation.

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