MEDIATION, BINDING MEDIATION, MED-ARB, ARBITRATION
Fees shall be charged on an hourly basis starting at a minimum fee of $300.00 per hour depending on the complexity of the dispute, the number of Parties involved in the dispute, the expertise required of the CDRS Dispute Resolution Specialist and on the geographic area in which the dispute resolution process will be conducted. If a binding arbitration requires a three-person panel or a mediation requires the services of multiple mediators, each ADR Specialist shall be compensated according to their individual fee requirements. CDRS does not charge any up-front or separate administrative fees as the CDRS administrative fees are included in the hourly fees of the CDRS ADR Specialist. A minimum charge of five hours shall be charged for each standard mediation or arbitration case, 4 hours for a home inspection case, and two hours for a home warranty case from a national home warranty company unless a prior written agreement has been executed with CDRS. Reimbursable costs and expenses, described below, shall be added to the hourly fees. Each case requires a non-refundable $450 ($600.00 in California, New Jersey and Maryland) filing fee at the time that a “Request for Dispute Resolution Services” is submitted to CDRS.
DISPUTE REVIEW BOARDS AND PARTNERING
Dispute Review Boards, Partnering and related ADR process agreements shall be negotiated for each project. Fees and related costs may vary according to whether the CDRS Dispute Resolution Specialist is a member of the panel or is serving as the chair. The specific construction knowledge and experience required of the CDRS Dispute Resolution Specialist and the geographic location of the construction project will also determine the appropriate fees and related costs for the CDRS Dispute Resolution Specialist.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR FAST TRACK AGREEMENTS
Residential and commercial “Fast Track Agreements” shall be executed prior to the commencement of a construction project and shall require a non-refundable $300 filing fee. The filing fee shall be payable at the same time as the Fast Track Agreement is completed and signed. Each “Request for Dispute Resolution Services” that is subsequently filed that is related to the Fast Track Agreement will require a non-refundable $250 administrative fee.
The hourly fee for a CDRS Specialist who will serve as a construction expert in a mediation, arbitration, civil litigation or other dispute resolution proceeding shall be charged at a minimum of $200 per hour, depending on the complexity of the case, the specific construction knowledge and experience required of the CDRS Specialist and on the geographic area in which the dispute is located. Additional costs for travel and other related costs are covered below, and should be added to the fees for expert services. Each case will be charged a non-refundable $450 administrative fee at the time that a “Request for Expert Services is submitted to CDRS.
REIMBURSABLE COSTS AND EXPENSES
CHARGEABLE TIME - Chargeable time shall include, but is not limited to: case review and preparation time, telephone calls, pre-session meetings, jobsite visits, all time spent during the dispute resolution session or while rendering professional services and all time spent after an arbitration, med-arb or binding mediation including jobsite visits, post hearing review time and other related time needed to write the final award or to render the final decision.