2A:23A-3. Coordinated alternative dispute resolution, court proceedings
a. When parties have agreed to alternative resolution proceedings under separate agreements under this act, and the claims to be resolved may involve evidence, witnesses and testimony reasonably necessary to resolve issues and facts arising out of a related project or series of agreements, then these proceedings may be held in a consolidated alternative resolution proceeding. Whenever reasonably possible, the same umpire shall be designated to hear and determine these claims.
b. Whenever the claims to be resolved in an alternative resolution proceeding may involve evidence, witnesses and testimony reasonably necessary to resolve issues and facts arising out of a related project or series of agreements, which are the subject of litigation in any court of this State, the court may authorize consolidation of the alternative resolution proceeding and the court proceedings to advance expeditious use of court time; provided, however, that consolidation shall not be permitted to unduly delay the expeditious resolution of the alternative resolution proceedings provided for by this act.
c. The provisions of subsections a. and b. of this section shall be liberally construed to effectuate the remedial purpose of this act to provide for the expeditious resolution of disputes arising out of a related project or series of agreements.
L. 1987, c. 54, s. 3.
2A:23A-4. Demand for alternative resolution; action for order for alternative resolution
a. Any party to an agreement which provides for alternative resolution under this act shall institute a proceeding pursuant to that agreement by:
(1) Giving written notice to all other parties of the party's demand for resolution, which notice shall set forth concisely the claims, and where appropriate the defenses, in dispute between the parties and the relief sought, including the amount of liquidated damages demanded, if any; and
(2) Initiating the procedure for selecting the umpire or, if no procedure is provided in the agreement, by initiating a summary action as provided in this act to have an umpire appointed.
b. When a party is aggrieved by the failure, neglect or refusal of another to perform under a written agreement providing for alternative resolution that party may apply to the Superior Court for an order directing that alternative resolution proceed in the manner provided for in the agreement. The court shall proceed in a summary action to determine whether there has been an agreement in writing for alternative resolution or whether there has been a failure to comply with a demand for alternative resolution.
L. 1987, c. 54, s. 4.
2A:23A-5. Complete authority of umpire; appeals
a. Whenever an alternative resolution is properly demanded, the umpire designated therein shall have full jurisdiction to provide all relief and to determine all claims and disputes arising thereunder, including whether the particular issue or dispute is covered by the agreement for alternative resolution, and whether there was fraud in the inducement of the entire agreement which provides for alternative resolution; however, the umpire shall not have jurisdiction with regard to a claim that an alternative resolution clause was procured by fraud. Whenever possible, all requests for relief ancillary to the claims and disputes covered by the agreement for alternative resolution shall first be addressed to the umpire for determination.
b. There shall be no review of any intermediate ruling or determination made by the umpire during the course of alternative resolution proceedings, except as provided in this act. An appeal from a final award decision by the umpire may be obtained only as provided in section 13 of this act.
L. 1987, c. 54, s. 5.