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2 HLRe: Off Rec. 1 (2012)

handle is hein.journals/hlreoffrec2 and id is 1 raw text is: ARTICLE
TEXAS ARBITRATION LAW: MORE
CHOICES-AND MORE RISK-THAN EVER
Cameron Pope
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.  INTRODUCTION......................................1
II. Do BETTER THAN THE DEFAULT ARBITRATION
SETTINGS        ....................................... .......2
A. Texas Allows Judicial Review ofArbitration
Awards, but Treats the Arbitral Proceedings Like
a  Trial ........................................2
1. Specify the Texas Arbitration Act and Expressly
Limit the Arbitrator's Authority ...... ..........2
2. Specify What Rules Will Govern     ....  ................4
B. There Are No Limitations Periods in the AAA
Rules, so Be Sure to Choose Your Own    ..  ...............5
III. SANCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IF ARBITRATION IS A WILD-
GOOSE CHASE                     ..........................................7
IV. CONCLUSION                    .................8.........................
I. INTRODUCTION
[Sihort of authorizing trial by battle or ordeal or, more
doubtfully, by a panel of three monkeys, parties can
stipulate to whatever procedures they want to govern the
arbitration of their disputes; parties are as free to specify
Partner, Appellate Group, Andrews Kurth LLP, 600 Travis, Suite 4200,
Houston, Texas 77002.

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