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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for California on
Q: 1) If two parties have retained attorneys is it too late to go to arbitration? How does one go about initiating arbitrat

Tion. Does it involve dismissing current counselors and hiring a different person to arbitrate the case?

Steven M. Vartabedian Justice (Ret.)
Steven M. Vartabedian Justice (Ret.) answered on Mar 3, 2011

No it is not too late to arbitrate if you have retained counsel and there is no need to change counsel. In arbitration, the parties and their attorneys pick a third party neutral to decide the dispute. This is usually done for several reasons, including to save the time and costs it might take to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can injured P recover from D the full amount of a medical expense where insured negotiates for less than usual charges?
Steven M. Vartabedian Justice (Ret.)
Steven M. Vartabedian Justice (Ret.) answered on Mar 3, 2011

This very question is currently being reviewed by the California Supreme Court. A majority of other states view this "negotiated rate differential" as awardable to the P as collateral-source damages. The rationale is that a P's payment of insurance premiums for medical coverage should be viewed as... Read more »

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