This excerpt taken from the PCG 10-K filed Feb 18, 2005.
(e) The panel of arbitrators will typically include a minority of arbitrators who were or are affiliated with the securities industry.
Any controversy between or among GS&Co. or its affiliates, or any of its or their partners, directors, agents or employees, on the one hand, and Counterparty or its agents and affiliates, on the other hand, arising out of or relating to the Agreement or any Transaction entered into hereunder, shall be settled by arbitration, in accordance with the then current rules of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), except that the provisions of this Section 17 shall supersede any conflicting or inconsistent provisions of such rules. Each party shall appoint a qualified arbitrator within 5 days after the giving of notice by either party. If either party shall fail timely to appoint a qualified arbitrator, the appointed, qualified arbitrator shall select the second qualified arbitrator within 5 days after such party's failure to appoint. The qualified arbitrators so appointed shall meet and shall, if possible, determine such matter within 10 days after the second qualified arbitrator is appointed, and their determination shall be binding on the parties. If for any reason such two qualified arbitrators fail to agree on such matter within such period of 10 days, then either party may request the AAA to appoint a qualified arbitrator who shall be impartial within 7 days of such request and both parties
shall be bound by any appointment so made by the AAA. Within 7 days after the third qualified arbitrator has been appointed, each of the first two qualified arbitrators shall submit their respective determinations to the third qualified arbitrator who must select one or the other of such determinations (whichever the third qualified arbitrator believes to be correct or closest to a correct determination) within 7 days after the first two qualified arbitrators shall have submitted their respective determinations to the third qualified arbitrator, and the selection so made shall in all cases be binding upon the parties, and judgment upon such decision may be entered into any court having jurisdiction. In the event of the failure, refusal or inability of a qualified arbitrator to act, a successor shall be appointed within 10 days as hereinbefore provided. The costs of the arbitration shall be funded 50% by each party, and the parties shall bear their own attorneys' fees, during the arbitration. The prevailing party shall be repaid all of such expenses by the non-prevailing party within 10 days after the final determination of the qualified arbitrator(s). The award of the arbitrators shall be final, and judgment upon the award rendered may be entered in any court, state or Federal, having jurisdiction.
Neither party shall bring a putative or certified class action to arbitration, nor seek to enforce any pre-dispute arbitration agreement against any person who has initiated in court a putative class action; who is a member of a putative class who has not opted out of the class with respect to any claims encompassed by the putative class action until: