I have lost a Lemon car Arbitratin case against a dealership. I beleive the arbitrator was very opinionated since he basicly represents Business CO. , Brokers, Investors... Do I have a chance to win an appeal as an regular customer/individual?
You have a chance to win the lottery but that does not mean that you will. Without a thorough review of the facts of your case, there is no way to answer your question properly. Hopefully you have an attorney and your attorney will be better able t give you odds of of future success.
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Arbitration can be many different things. If this is a court- sponsored mandatory arbitration, you can reject the award by filing a form and paying the fee. That allows the case to proceed to trial.
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It depends. First, in litigation you can always lose, even if you have a winning case. Moreover, you do not say what kind of "arbitration" it was. If it was a "lemon law" arbitration under the warranty terms, it is non-binding and you can go to court. But if it was a binding arbitration under your contract (with an entity like the AAA or BBB), then you CANNOT even appeal, period. That is why I tell my clients to never ever ever ever ever sign arbitration agreements (and also because arbitrators are opinionated because they basically represent businesses).
Remember the tall bearded guy talking about the government "of the people and for the people"? Well, how does arbitration strike you?
Being opinionated is not grounds for winning an appeal, unless the arbitrator's opinion amounts to bias or "evident partiality" under the Federal Arbitration Act - if the Act applies. An arbitrator must be unbiased and not rule in favor of a dealership because he seeks its business. The arbitrator should have been required to disclose to you every case in which he has sat involving that dealership, and other dealerships, and how frequently he has ruled in favor of the dealership versus the consumer.
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