Arbitration Services

Arbitration ServicesArbitration is a method of dispute resolution where a neutral third party (the arbitrator) is empowered to determine the settlement of the issue. Their decision is final and binding on the parties, and is enforceable in a court of law.  We offer a few different Arbitration programs.

ArbitrationWe offer binding arbitration for cases referred from the local courts under Article 75 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.  Like a hearing held in the courts, during an arbitration standards of evidence are applied to all evidence submitted to the parties.  All testimony is given under oath, and the Arbitrator has the power to subpoena witnesses when needed.  The Arbitrator will weigh the evidence and testimony submitted, and issue a decision within 30 days of the hearing.

Lemon LawThe Lemon Law Arbitration program was established by the Attorney General, and is administered by the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA) through its local members.  In Oneida County, The Peacemaker Program, Inc. administers this program.

A new vehicle that was purchased, leased or registered in New York State for personal use and which shows a serious problem or defect that is not corrected after four or more repair attempts, or is out of service due to repair for at least 30 days, within the first 18,000 miles or two years (whichever comes first), may be eligible for the Lemon Law Arbitration Program.  If successful, the consumer will be entitled to either a full refund of the purchase price (less an allowance for mileage over 12,000 miles), or a comparable replacement vehicle.  The consumer will also be awarded a return of the $250.00 arbitration filing fee for an arbitrator’s award in his or her favor.