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An arbitrator has the authority to:

     (a)  Motions.  Determine a reasonable time, place and procedure to present a motion before the arbitrator, excluding motions for summary award and involuntary dismissal.

     (b)  Expenses.  Require a party, or attorney advising such party, or both, to pay the reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees, caused by the failure of such party or attorney, or both, to obey an order of the arbitrator unless the arbitrator finds that the failure was substantially justified or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust. The arbitrator shall make a special award for such expenses and shall file such award with the Clerk of the Superior Court with proof of service on each party. The aggrieved party shall have ten (10) days thereafter to appeal the award of such expenses in accordance with the procedures described in RCW 2.24.050. If, within ten (10) days after the award is filed, no party appeals, a judgment shall be entered in a manner described generally under MAR 6.3.

     (c)  Attorney's Fees.  Award attorney's fees as authorized by these LMARs, by contract or by law.

[Effective September 1, 2011; amended September 1, 2019]

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