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Adequate Remedy

An adequate remedy is one that affords complete relief with reference to the particular matter in controversy, and which is appropriate to the circumstances of the case. An adequate remedy has also been described as a remedy that is complete,...

Adjudicate

See: Adjudication

Adjudication

Adjudication refers to the legal process of resolving a dispute or deciding a case. When a claim is brought, courts identify the rights of the parties at that particular moment by analyzing what were, in law, the rights and wrongs of their...

Adjuster

A representative of an insurance company who handles claims; both negotiation and settlement.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Definition

Any method of resolving disputes without litigation. Abbreviated as ADR. Public courts may be asked to review the validity of ADR methods, but they will rarely overturn ADR decisions and awards if the disputing parties formed a valid...

Alternative Dispute Resolution Service

A service that can administer an arbitration or mediation from start to finish. An ADR service offers help with selecting arbitrators and mediators, scheduling sessions, dealing with emergencies, and generally complying with proper procedural rules....

Arbiter

An arbiter is a person that has the legal authority to decide disputes. The arbiter’s decisions are made based on the rules of law and equity. This is distinguishable from an arbitrator, who is not bound to follow substantive law when making...

Arbitration

An ADR method with one or more persons hearing a dispute and rendering a binding decision. An agreement to arbitrate disputes can be made before or after a specific dispute arises. Since the parties can agree to the rules of arbitration (e.g.,...

Arbitrator

A person who hears disputes and decides them, especially by way of arbitration.

Award

Definition

A final judgment or decision. The centerpiece of an award is usually a declaration that one party owes another a certain amount of money. Although the term often refers to the decisions of arbitrators and juries, it can also refer to the...

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