TAIPEI, Taiwan - A scheduled arbitration between the Taipei City Government and the Taipei Dome's construction and management consortium Farglory Group was cancelled yesterday after the appointed arbitrator for the company resigned without notice.
Due to the meeting being the first scheduled arbitration between both parties, the Taiwan Construction Arbitration Association was a centre of media attention yesterday.
As the process of arbitration requires a third-party individual to review arguments and evidence to provide a decision that is legally binding in court, the city government and the consortium previously agreed to elect National Central University Graduate Institute of Construction Engineering and Management Professor Jerry Yao to the position.
Prior to the meeting, the city government's appointed arbitrator Shen Hsing-lin, an executive official from the city's Department of Legal Affairs, complained to local press that the arbitration was out of legal process, since it was applied solely by the decision of Farglory.
Shen also said the city was surprised by the sudden arbitration notice, and remains firm in not recognising the legitimacy of the process when applied to the Taipei Dome case.
Taipei Department of Sports Deputy Commissioner Ting Juo-ting likewise stated that the city government does not agree with resolving the case with arbitration at this stage.
Both parties should be abiding by the contract to meet privately, and should only resort to the process after negotiations come to no avail.
Farglory Envoy's Resignation a Surprise to All
At around 9:40 a.m. Yao came forward to announce the cancellation of the arbitration due to the sudden resignation of Farglory's designated arbitrator Shih Yi-fang.
In response to the sudden cancellation, Yao said that he was shocked at the resignation of his Farglory counterpart.
Farglory Group spokesman Yang Shun-chin also said that he was only told of the news when he showed up with the company's lawyer for the arbitration early yesterday.
Yang said neither he nor the consortium is aware of the reason behind the sudden resignation, and that Shih was not reachable.
However, Yang said Farglory will respect Shih's decision.