AAA 2001 Case Filings Break Record

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AAA 2001 Case Filings Break Record


ADRnews Since 1995, the American Arbitration Association's total caseload has shown consistent annual growth. The number of cases filed in 2001-a total of 218,032-continued the pace, breaking the previous year's record of 198,491 by 19,541an increase of just about 10%.

Frank Zotto, vice president of case management, attributes the continued growth in the caseload to the many years the AAA has devoted to educating the public about the benefits of arbitration and mediation and to working hard to improve administrative service and raise the standards of quality of the neutrals. "We are delighted that more and more parties turn to the AAA each year," he said. "We are especially gratified because this continued growth in our caseload seems to reflect continued confidence in our ability to administer arbitrations and mediations competently and professionally."

The largest segment of the AAA caseload for the last several years has been made up of insurance cases. Of the total filed last year, 84,977 were filed with the AAA's Conciliation Center, which opened in December 1999 to mediate New York no-fault disputes. Another 93,257 filings were no-fault arbitration cases from New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota-- three states with automobile no-fault insurance laws. The insurance sector has also shown substantial growth from year to year. …

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