Services

ZipCourt is a fully web-based dispute resolution application that enables private individuals and corporations to resolve disputes professionally, expeditiously and inexpensively. Litigation and land-based arbitration are time-consuming and expensive, sometimes making it impractical for a party to pursue a fair and equitable remedy. An alternative to filing a complaint at the courthouse or going into mediation, ZipCourt provides professional dispute resolution that you can partake in from anywhere in the world.

ZipCourt covers almost any type of dispute. One key attribute of the ZipCourt platform is its ability to scale from simple Disagreements (which don’t necessarily rise to a “legal dispute”), to a Dispute, to a Complex Dispute involving dozens or hundreds of documents. Ultimately, it’s ZipCourt’s call as to how to classify the complexity of the dispute. The fees payable will vary based on the dispute complexity.

The parties designate the subject matter of a dispute, and different terms will govern the resolution of as many as 12 different types of disputes - - anything from construction to wills and trusts, from personal injury to intellectual property.

There are certain disputes that, due to their added complexity or sensitive nature, ZipCourt does not resolve, such as child custody, employment discrimination, or home foreclosures.

ZipCourt offers dispute resolution services for disputes of varying levels of complexity, as described below.

Disagreements

A Disagreement involves a difference of opinion or interpretation between individuals that is not likely to rise to a legal matter, but which should be resolved in a fair and impartial manner by one of ZipCourt’s own arbitrators. A Disagreement will not involve extensive review of supplementary documents; also, ZipCourt’s arbitrator may not necessarily provide an extensive analysis supporting the decision.

There are only five steps once the parties have agreed to the Terms of Use and characterization of the Dispute. [View all the steps]

Disagreements will be resolved using the Baseball Arbitration track. In Baseball Arbitration, each party submits a recommended resolution, and the arbitrator chooses the one which is most fair and correct.

Resolution of Disagreements are available in the following areas:

  • Commercial
     
  • Employment
     
  • Consumer
     
  • Real Estate
  • Other

 

The fee for a Disagreement is $399 per party.  

Disputes

A Dispute involves a commercial or similar matter between companies or an individual and a company, and which should be resolved in a fair and impartial manner by one of ZipCourt's own arbitrators. Disputes very often involve review of some supporting documents. There are only five steps once the parties have agreed to the Terms of Use and characterization of the Dispute. [View all the steps].

ZipCourt provides clients the ability to select between two different tracks of dispute resolution: Arbitrator’s Discretion and Baseball Arbitration. Each track has its own advantages and may appeal to certain parties more than its counterpart.

If clients select Arbitrator’s Discretion, the arbitrator impartially reviews the dispute and determines a final resolution in accordance with local law, and which likely mirrors the result that would have been reached in a local courtroom. This final resolution is independent of, but gives consideration towards, the parties’ own recommendations. Arbitrator’s Discretion is ideal for parties who want a neutral arbitrator to independently determine the fair and correct result. 

If clients select Baseball Arbitration, each party submits a recommended resolution, and the arbitrator chooses the one which is the most fair and correct. There is no “splitting the difference,” and this is a key advantage of using Baseball Arbitration: final offer proposals tend to move closer together, since the “last offer” process encourages each party to be forthright and reasonable in its recommendation.

Resolution of Disputes are avaialble in the following categories:

  • Commercial
     
  • International
     
  • Employment
     
  • Intellectual Property
     
  • Consumer
     
  • Real Estate
     
  • Construction
     
  • Professional Accounting and related services
     
  • Health Care
  • Divorce and Dissolution
  • Other

 

The fee for a Dispute is $1,999 per party. 

Complex Disputes

A dispute between companies that could involves an analysis of potentially dozens of documents and with a rigor that ensures that the matter is properly resolved.

There are only five steps once the parties have agreed to the Terms of Use and characterization of the Dispute. [View all the steps]

ZipCourt provides clients the ability to select between two different tracks of dispute resolution: Arbitrator’s Discretion and Baseball Arbitration. Each track has its own advantages and may appeal to certain parties more than its counterpart.

If clients select Arbitrator’s Discretion, ZipCourt appoints an outside expert who impartially reviews the dispute and determines a final resolution in accordance with local law, and which likely mirrors the result that would have been reached in a local courtroom. This final resolution is independent of, but gives consideration towards, the parties’ own recommendations. Arbitrator’s Discretion is ideal for parties who want a neutral third party to independently determine the fair and correct result.

If clients select Baseball Arbitration for a Complex Disputes, then ZipCourt uses a variation of Baseball Arbitration called "Night Baseball."  Each party submits a factual background, supporting documents, and the recommended resolution.  Without viewing the recommended resolutions, the arbitrator evaluates the factual background and supporting documents, and prepares his or her own analysis of what the ultimate decision should be. After this initial analysis, the recommended resolutions prepared by the parties are reviewed by the arbitrator, and the recommended resolution which most nearly approximates the analysis prepared by the arbitrator is selected by the arbitator as the Award. There is no “splitting the difference,” and this is a key advantage of using Baseball Arbitration: final offer proposals tend to move closer together, since the “last offer” process encourages each party to be forthright and reasonable in its recommendation.

Resolution of Complex Disputes are available in the following categories:

  • Commercial
     
  • International
     
  • Employment
     
  • Intellectual Property
     
  • Consumer
     
  • Real Estate
     
  • Construction
     
  • Professional Accounting and related services
     
  • Health Care
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Divorce and Dissolution
  • Other

 

The fee for a Complex Dispute is $14,900 per party.

 
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