Step 8: Appeal

If you reject the decision of the state-operated arbitration panel by the 30-day deadline, you have an additional 40 days to request a trial in superior court.  Conversely, the manufacturer may choose to appeal the decision within 40 days after receiving your notice of accepting the arbitration decision. 

At this point, your dispute moves from arbitration to the judicial system and you should retain a private attorney to represent you.  If you win on appeal, the court also has the discretion to compensate you for your costs, including attorney fees.