Explanation of the Contents of the Sortable Disclosure Table

Each row of the table provides information about a separate arbitration, with each column providing a specific piece of information.  All of the cases the OIA administers are consumer arbitrations.  Not all the information is relevant to each arbitration.  If not relevant to that case, the box will be blank.

From left to right, the information is:

Pre-dispute arb clause:  This column answers whether the arbitration is subject to a pre-dispute arbitration clause between the parties.

OIA designated:  This column answers whether the OIA is designated as the arbitration provider organization in the pre-dispute arbitration clause.

Nonconsumer party #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7:  These columns set out the corporate entities the consumer party (claimant) has named.  Individuals are not listed.  Each column names only a single entity.  There are multiple columns because some arbitrations name multiple nonconsumer parties.

Nonconsumer role:  The nonconsumer party role (respondent) can either be initiating or responding.  In most of the OIA arbitrations, the nonconsumer party is responding.

Type of dispute:  The options specified by statute are Debt Collection, Healthcare, Insurance, Personal Injury, and Unknown.  Debt Collection includes the lien arbitrations, Healthcare includes the medical malpractice arbitrations, Insurance includes the benefits arbitrations, Personal Injury includes the premise liability and other tort arbitrations.

Prevailing party:  When the consumer (claimant) won after a hearing, "Consumer" appears.  When the respondent won a summary judgment or other dispositive motion or after a hearing, "Non-Consumer" appears.  When the case was abandoned, withdrawn, returned to Kaiser, settled, vacated or dismissed by the neutral arbitrator for non-substantive reasons, "Not applicable" appears.  If the case is pending, the space is blank.

Represented by attorney:  This column answers whether an attorney represents the claimant.

Consumer attorney #1, #2, #3, #4:  These columns set out the name(s) of the attorney(s) who represent the claimant.  Each column names only a single name.  There are multiple columns because some claimants have more than one attorney.  If the claimant is not represented, all columns are blank.

Consumer attorney law firm:  These columns list, for each consumer (claimant) attorney, the name of the law firm at which the attorney works.

OIA received DFA:  This column sets out the date the OIA received the demand for arbitration.

OIA begins process:  The date that the OIA received the $150 arbitration filing fee or granted a waiver of the arbitration filing fee. 

Date NA appointed:  This is the date that the neutral arbitraor is deemed appointed and the time to disqualify has ended.

Date of disposition:  This is the date the case closed because the neutral arbitrator issued the decision, the parties settled the claim, the claimant withdrew the claim, the OIA closed the claim because the claimant did not obtain a waiver or pay the arbitration filing fee, or the OIA returned the claim to Kaiser because the claimant did not, in a case requiring consent, agree to "opt into" the OIA system.

Disposition:  The descriptions listed in this column are the descriptions used by the OIA internally and not mandated by the statute.  Options are Abandoned-No Fee, Award after Hearing, Claim Withdrawn, Dismissed by NA (Neutral Arbitrator), Returned to Kaiser, Parties Settled, Summary Judgment, Case Consolidated, Award Vacated in Court or blank if the case is pending.

Disposition details:  The options specified by statute are Abandonment, Award after hearing - documents only, Award after hearing - in person, Award after hearing - telephone, Award after hearing - video, Award without Hearing, Default, Dismissal without Hearing, Settlement, and Withdrawal.  If the case is pending, the space is blank.

Amount of claim:  This information is taken from the demand for arbitration. Unknown means that the demand for arbitration did not specify the amount of the claim.

Equitable relief:  This column answers whether the demand for arbitration requested or an award ordered by the neutral arbitrator stated that a party requested equitable relief.

Amount of monetary award:  The amount of money listed on the award, if any.  The monetary award amount includes any costs awarded. 

Amount of atty’s fees awarded:  The amount of attorney’s fees the neutral arbitrator awarded, if any.

Other relief granted:  Any other relief that is mentioned in the award.

Name of NA:  This is the name of the neutral arbitrator.

NA’s fees:  Neutral arbitrators report the amount of their fees after cases have closed.

Allocation of fees:  Options are 50% C/50% NC (fees split evenly between the parties), 100% NC (fees paid by nonconsumer party), blank (case is pending), or other (other arrangements between parties, amount specified).

$150 filing fee waived:  The OIA has a $150 filing fee which the claimant can have waived in certain circumstances.  If the claimant has sought and received a waiver of the filing fee, this will say yes.  If the claimant has not, or in a few cases, sought and is refused a waiver, it will be blank. 

NA’s fees waived:  This sets out the amount of the neutral arbitrator’s fees that is waived for the claimant.