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Partial Arbitration

Just as parties can hire Paul to decide all their disputes, parties can hire Paul to resolve just some of their disputes. This form of partial ADR has many names but they all boil down to the power of the parties to limit how far an arbiter may go to resolve the differences. The parties can control the scope of the arbiter’s authority. A typical example of partial arbitration involves the production of confidential evidence, such as trade secrets or especially private information. Another example of private and limited arbitration arises when dispositive arbitration involves evidence that the parties do not yet want the final arbiter to see. Paul can provide confidential preliminary rulings on the admissibility of evidence at the evidentiary hearing.