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Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
A forum or means of dispute resolution that operates outside of state or federal judicial systems.
American Arbitration Association
A not-for-profit organization in the field of alternative dispute resolution that administers arbitration proceedings.
The process of resolving a dispute outside of state and federal court systems by presenting it to a neutral third party or panel for a decision.
Arbitration clause
Provision in a contract specifying that any dispute arising under the contract will be resolved by arbitration rather than through the court system.
An impartial person or group given the power to resolve a dispute.
A judgment or final decision in an arbitration proceeding.
Class-action waiver
A legal instrument giving up the right to participate in a class action lawsuit.
Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)
Federal law which makes agreements to arbitrate that involve interstate commerce valid, irrevocable, and enforceable.
Resolution of disputes by judicial process.
A non-binding intervention in a dispute to promote resolution, settlement, or compromise.
One who works to to effect settlement or compromise between parties to a dispute.
Informal, voluntary settlement of a dispute without resort to third-party mediators or arbitrators.