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  • 7.12.9-ARBITRATION-COSTS AND FEES: GCA MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS

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  • Costs and fees: GCA members and non-members

     
     

    A. The arbitration fee for members of the Association shall be as follows:

    • US$450.00 minimum up to 250 bags on any question solely of Grade or Quality of coffee. For each   additional bag over 250 bags there shall be a fee of 50 cents per bag.
    • US$650.00 minimum up to 250 bags from appellants only on an appeal from the award rendered on any question solely of Grade or Quality of coffee. For each additional bag over 250 bags there shall be a fee of 75 cents per bag.
    • US$650.00 minimum up to 250 bags on any question other than one solely involving Grade or Quality of coffee. For each additional bag over 250 bags there shall be a fee of 50 cents per bag.
    • US$850.00 minimum up to 250 bags from appellants only on an appeal from the award rendered on any  question other than one solely involving Grade or Quality of coffee. For each additional bag over 250 bags there shall be a fee of 75 cents per bag.

    From the fees received the association shall pay a fee to the Arbitrators as follows:

      (a)  Arbitrations on any question solely of Grade or Quality of coffee,    
            US$ 100.00 per arbitrator.
      (b)  Arbitrations on any question other than solely of Grade or Quality of
            coffee, US$ 100.00 per arbitrator.

    B. In the event that an arbitration is withdrawn or cancelled before an Answer is filed, the sum of US$200.00 shall be retained by the Association as a filing fee out of the Arbitration fee deposited providing a hearing has not yet begun. The balance of the arbitration fee shall be returned to the depositor except as provided in Section D of this article. When a hearing has been scheduled and held on a technical arbitration or appeal and any settlement is reached between the parties or they mutually agree to withdraw the arbitration or appeal, such settlement or agreement shall provide for forfeiture of the arbitration fee to the Association by the depositor as the panel sees fit.

    C. When a decision has been rendered by the panel, the arbitrators shall assess the arbitration fee on one or both of the parties as they see fit. All other expenses incurred, shall be borne in such manner as fixed in the award. Other deposits received are refunded to the parties entitled to them, except for non-member fees or any cancellation fees.

    D. All non-members party to an arbitration shall be charged an additional fee for each arbitration or appeal, over and above the scheduled fees charged to members as provided above:

      (a)  $300.00 on any question solely of Grade or Quality of coffee.
      (b)  $300.00 on any other question.

    The non-member fee when arbitrating against another non-member is:

      (a)  $500.00 on any question solely of Grade or Quality of coffee.
      (b)  $2000.00 on any other question.

    This additional fee is retained by the Association regardless of the result. It must be paid, together with the regular arbitration fee charged to members, to the GCA at the time the submission to arbitration, and/or answer thereto is filed with the Secretary.