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As suggested in Figure 2-2, the arbitrator must not only understand the background of the case and the history of the dispute but will also need to investigate underlying theories that pertain to any complaints filed and must be able to communicate well with both parties. Arbitration can be either voluntary or mandatory. Voluntary arbitration is a choice of the parties. Arbitration may also be a requirement of a contract between the parties. Arbitration clauses are often found in cases concerning water rates or water delivery issues.
City of Annapolis, MD (1996). These cases discussed the issue of whether rates should be considered taxes. In Burba, outside-city users filed a complaint stating that, because they had no representation in the decision making regarding rates for outside users, these rates should be declared invalid and considered to be taxes levied on those particular users. The court ruled to the contrary and determined the validity of the rates that were charged, because they were based on a COS rate approach.
1970. The Economics of Regulation: Principles and Institutions. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Phillips, C. , Jr. 1988. The Regulation of Public Utilities. : Public Utilities Reports. Legal Cases The following citations are to the West Reporter Series for state cases, and to the official publication of the US Supreme Court for US Supreme Court rulings. Bluefield Water Works & Improvement Company v. Public Services Commission of West Virginia, 262 US 679 (1923) Brydon v. East Bay Municipal Utility District, 24 Cal.