An insurance case has become the first case to be decided as a matter of law by the three judges in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court’s commerce program under protocols designed to improve the common law arbitration process.

Common Pleas Judge Howland W. Abramson created the protocols in order to promote arbitration to commercial entities by improving some of the commonly perceived detriments of arbitrations. Those detriments include “the suspicion that arbitrators come up with a compromised decision in order to please both sides” and do not always decide cases based upon the law, Abramson said.

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