. The Attorney General shall process requests for arbitration
forms in a timely manner.
The Attorney General shall date-stamp upon receipt submitted
Reviewed for completeness
. The Attorney General shall review
submitted arbitration applications for completeness and compliance with the
forms. The Attorney General shall promptly return incomplete forms to
the consumer for completion. Such forms when completed must be received by the
Attorney General within 6 months of the application deadline, except when
failure to complete the form is due to the untimely processing of the request
for arbitration form by the Attorney General.
Rejected application forms.
If in the opinion of the Attorney General the arbitration request does not
describe a motor vehicle that could meet the statutory definition of a lemon as
described in 10 M.R.S.A. §1163 and Section 2(B), the Attorney General
shall reject the application form and return it to the consumer with the
specific reason for the rejection. The consumer shall then have at least an
additional six months to submit a valid application form. Rejection by the
Attorney General satisfies the requirement in 10 M.R.S.A. §1165 that the
consumer seek to resolve the dispute by application to arbitration before
initiating a court action.
Start of 45 day arbitration
period. The Attorney General shall note on the application the date that
the application was found to be complete. This acceptance date shall begin the
45 day period in which the arbitrator must render a decision in the case, and
shall be deemed to be the "date of receipt" for purposes of 10 M.R.S.A.
§1169(2). If this 45 day period is extended (e.g., due to scheduling
delays), the decision must be issued and mailed within 10 business days of the