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PDFWAC 44-10-040

Attorney general screening of arbitration requests.

(1) The attorney general will review a request for arbitration and supporting documentation for a statement of claim and appearance of jurisdiction within the authority established pursuant to chapter 19.118 RCW, timeliness, and completeness of the form and accompanying documents.
(2) The attorney general will reject a request for arbitration that is incomplete, untimely, or if there is reason to believe that the claim is frivolous, fraudulent, filed in bad faith, res judicata or beyond the authority of chapter 19.118 RCW.
A request for arbitration based on an alleged defect that does not manifest when inspected or tested, is intermittent or unconfirmed shall not preclude an attorney general determination of the appearance of jurisdiction and a statement of claim for purposes of initial screening.
(3) Nothing in this section precludes a party from raising jurisdictional or factual issues at the arbitration hearing or subsequent court proceedings.
(4) A request for arbitration will be considered complete when the information required by the request form is provided in full with copies of specified documents or if the consumer provides a reasonable explanation for the absence of any supporting documentation.
(5) If a request for arbitration is rejected, the attorney general will notify the consumer of the reason for the rejection and any procedures or information required to complete the request.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.118.080(2) and 19.118.061. WSR 10-01-069, § 44-10-040, filed 12/11/09, effective 1/11/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.118.080 (2) and (7), 19.118.061 and 1995 c 254 § 4. WSR 96-03-155, § 44-10-040, filed 1/24/96, effective 2/24/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.118.061, 19.118.080 and 19.118.090. WSR 89-16-024 (Order 89-4), § 44-10-040, filed 7/24/89, effective 8/24/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.118.080 (2) and (7). WSR 88-04-081 (Order 88-2), § 44-10-040, filed 2/3/88.]
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