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Past, Present and Future: Court of Appeals Clarifies What Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Benefits Can Be Included in an Arbitration Award
While Newman is an unpublished opinion and therefore not binding authority, it stands for the proposition that a Court must use the same legal principles that govern contract interpretation when interpreting arbitration agreements.
The important takeaways from this case are as follows: (1) the scope of arbitration is determined by the arbitration agreement; (2) arbitrators derive their power from the arbitration agreement itself and they are bound by its terms; and (3) an arbitration agreement determines the scope of an arbitration award even if the award does not explicitly state that is applies to everything listed in the arbitration agreement.
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