Arbitration as a forum for dispute resolution has been a part of the American common law heritage for at least the past one hundred fifty years. However, until recently, state law was almost uniformly biased against arbitration.2 The theory at common law was that either party to an agreement to arbitrate future disputes could void the agreement at any time.3 This legal environment rendered the institution of arbitration impotent in any situation in which one of the parties decided that their interests would be better served if the dispute was resolved in a more traditional court setting



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